This move comes on the back of Girlguiding 2021 attitude surveywho found that just over half of girls aged 11 to 21 believe that STEM subjects are “for boys” – a mood force that has not changed since 2016.

To change these attitudes, the organization is introducing new digital skills activities for its members between the ages of five and 18.

The charity will start early by teaching Rainbows – the branch for four to seven-year-olds – to design applications using a course called Happy Appy. Younger girls are much less likely to believe that STEM items are not for them than those aged 11+, a survey showed.

Brownies, under the age of 10, will learn to write robot code, while older girls and young women at Guides and Rangers will learn about chatbots and phone design. All courses available to about 400,000 girls have been developed in partnership with Google.

Source: Girlguides

“Everyone has heard of Google, even five-year-olds,” said Maddie Ray-Reynolds, a Cheltenham leader and brownie leader and self-proclaimed maniac.

“It’s so great to think that there will be these new and exciting activities available for girls and young women to join STEM. Technology plays such a big role in our daily lives and women need to be involved in creating them. ”

Brownies can now complete STEM-related badges such as aviation, invention and space, while drivers can pursue science, computing, robotics and engineering. But their popularity pales in comparison to Brownies’ love of baking, attention and presentation, as well as a preference for (non-alcoholic) mixology, upcycling and back-cooking for guides.

Women are underrepresented in STEM entities and the related workforce. Percentage of women in STEM jobs fell from 26% in 2019 to 24% in 2020.

Peyton Mitchell, a brownie from Hemel Hempstead, enjoyed the new activities:

“I loved … learning how to code. It was so much fun! Fixing mistakes was hard, but after trying it a few times, I could do it.”

https://www.computing.co.uk/news/4049041/girlguides-learn-code-bring-women-tech

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