European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
In October 19th 2018, the offices of the Hellenic Association of the European Parliament in Athens announced the official launch of the Digital Coding – Girls Coding II program for learning basic code principles within the CODE WEEK EU, by KEAN with the support and contribution of Google.
Girls Coding II is the continuation of the Girl Coding pilot program implemented by KEAN last summer, for 60 students, with the institutional support of the EIT-European Institute for Innovation & Technology upon the recommendation of the MEP and Chair of the Committee on Innovation, Research and New Technologies.
For the season Autumn 2018-Winter 2019, Girls Coding II offered workshops to more than 500 students across Greece, with the special focus on the encouragement and the engagement of girls-students to new technologies.
Below , you may read the details of the collaboration of KEAN with EIT and the supporting members of the then pilot project.
“The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, within the framework of the European Horizon 2020 programme and the wider European Union Digital Single Market Strategy, promotes the implementation of code-learning (programming) workshops for children with emphasis on girls aged 12-17 , in countries where there is a greater need to enhance digital skills.
The EIT is collaborating with the non-profit organization K.E.A.N. (Cell of Alternative Youth Activities ) for the implementation of these workshops, starting with Greece. K.E.A.N. is based in Athens, but numbers hundreds of volunteers in Greece and EU, where also holds branches.
During the summer months, 50 students from schools in Attica and other municipalities will have the opportunity to experience the magical world of digital coding and get basic principles of creating code! In particular, K.E.A.N. trainers, in collaboration with Google, the BCA College and the Athens Tech Technology College, together with the Municipalities will be in the following areas: Municipality of Alimos (12-14th July), Municipality of Korydallos (17-19th July), Municipality of Evrotas (27-30th July), Municipality of Messini (7-9th August), Municipality of Neon Heraklion(28-30th August).
Early September, the young programmers will meet again for the “code celebration and award winning ideas”. The event will be hosted by the BCA College in Athens, where participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their experience with Google executives. The students will then be divided into teams under the guidance of experts and will compete and try to work out a creative idea that could become and Application. A special Judging-Committee will vote for the most innovative idea, which will be awarded and supported by professional developers to become a reality!
The young code explorers’ adventure will continue though! The campaign will continue and will travel across Greece and in neighbor European countries. The first 50 students from Greece will be the Ambassadors of the Digital Code and throughout the European campaign will have the opportunity to meet with the workshops’ participants from the other European countries.”
-Promote positive role models and enhancing digital and entrepreneurship skills among girls that help to tackle the gender gap and boost female participation in science, technology and business
-Inspire female students to consider careers in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation
-Organise a series of workshops on digital and entrepreneurial skills for girls in primary and secondary education
-Active participation in key Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship events.
-Participation and sharing of content with select online women leadership and entrepreneurship platforms
-Support and promote the Women @ EIT initiative