Help girls to #MakeWhatsNext this Women’s Day

When we encourage girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we double the potential to change the world for good. This Women’s Day let’s think about why girls don’t pursue careers in STEM – and what we as teachers can do about it. Problem: Girls and young women have a hard time picturing themselves in STEM roles. They need more exposure to STEM jobs, female role models, and career awareness and planning. Solution: Provide girls with role models of w...

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Computer Science Intro for Gauteng Telkom Connected Schools

Just because your school doesn’t offer Information Technology or Computer Applications Technology as subjects, doesn’t mean that you can’t expose your learners to a basic introduction to computer science and careers that use technology. On 15 June 2018, sixteen teachers and four technology support specialists from Gauteng Telkom Connected schools tried their hand at basic coding at MH Baloyi High School. This session, facilitated by SchoolNet SA, forms part of the Microsoft YouthSpark p...

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Calling Grade 11 Girls with a passion for IT

For the past two years Brescia House School has hosted a dinner for grade 11 girls who are studying either Computer Applications Technology or IT, their teachers and women in the IT industry. These  dinners have provided a great opportunity for young woman with an interest in technology to network with professionals who have succeeded in the technology field. This year, SchoolNet SA is proud to be associated with the CuriosITy dinner as well as the workshops which will be held in the afternoon be...

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DigiGirlz get a taste of technology

On 23 February 2018, sixty Grade 10 learners from Lofentse Girls High in Soweto participated in a DigiGirlz event at the Orlando Pirates ICT Resource Centre. A panel of four young black female Microsoft staff members spoke to the girls about how they got started in their STEM careers, which subjects they took at university and what they are now responsible for at Microsoft. This was inspirational as the DigiGirlz could see some of the possibilities for women who pursue careers in technology. The panel al...

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