Jenny Willott encourages Cardiff Girls to Get Coding

June 3, 2014 1:54 PM

StDavids

Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central Jenny Willott is encouraging primary and secondary schools in her constituency to participate in an exciting new initiative to encourage girls to learn how to code.

Girls Get Coding is a chance for schools to showcase the technology skills of girls aged 10 - 12 to MPs and parliamentarians, on a fully funded trip to Westminster. Schools are asked to nominate themselves for the trip; around 35 schools from round the country will be chosen, and will each send three girls and one staff member to a special day in Parliament. The girls will demonstrate their coding skills, teach MPs how to do some simple programming tasks, and award a certificate to the MP they teach.

Commenting Jenny Willott MP said:

"As the Minister responsible for getting more girls studying STEM - science, technology, maths and engineering - subjects, I've been working really hard to challenge perceptions around what are often thought of as "girls' subjects" and "boys' subjects"; I'm now the first Welsh female MP ever to attend Cabinet so I can make sure these kind of issues stay at the top of this Government's agenda!

"I want our young people here in Cardiff to leave school with the right skills to help them thrive in the economy of the future, and coding is going to be ever more important for many different career paths as we go forward. I really hope that schools in Cardiff Central will therefore make use of these free resources to benefit all their students, but particularly to encourage young girls to try a subject which they might not previously have considered."

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