Jill and I participated as Team Leaders alongside 70 other volunteers at the 10th Annual CIPS Women in Technology event last week at the University of Alberta. The event provides outreach to grade nine girls to show them that technology is not just programming and is not just for boys.
The day started off with a very entertaining keynote presentation by IBM's Susan Bartlett. Susan successfully captivated the girls attention spans (which can be a challenge these days with distractions such as texting and twitter) and encouraged them to get educated in IT. She cleared up some misconceptions of what jobs in IT may consist of and told the girls to take sciences and technology in university to ensure they don't close any doors. I already work in IT and she had me very convinced by the end of it that I made a good career decision! I just wish I would have had a program such as CIPS when I was in grade nine.
Following the keynote the girls took part in various hands-on workshops where they built robots and played with Avatar software to allow them to explore a few fun technologies.
For more information or to get involved in the program, click here.