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City supports young women in STEM

City University London's Computer Science Department provides mentors to young girls on the Stemettes program, enhancing the transfer of science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.
by John Stevenson

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering has teamed up with Stemettes, a voluntary organisation aiming to introduce young girls to career opportunities in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

City's Computer Science department has supplied mentors to Stemettes' hack-a-thons in the recent past to assist them in building apps and infographics.

nullOn 12th April, City helped to introduce the young women on the Stemettes program to HTML, CSS, Javascript and web technologies.

By the end of the day, the Stemette students - ranging from 11 to 17 years of age - were able to search for and retrieve photos from platforms such as Flickr, convert them to thumbnails and display them on a web page.

This year, the mentors will be taking a cohort of Stemettes to the Festival of Code (28th July to 3rd August), staged by Young Rewired State at Plymouth University.

The brainchild of Rewired State's Emma Mulqueeny, the Festival of Code has grown over the last five years to be the leading summer coding event for developers under 18.

At the Festival of Code, launched on 31st January at Google Campus, City signed up as a regional centre to host three preparatory hack days and four days of hacking from 28th to the 31st July, before moving on to the showcase event at Plymouth.

nullWith new skills to inspire them, the Stemettes held a brainstorm about the apps they wish to build for the Festival of Code and came up with: a crowdsourced movie review app to score films by the number of positive or negative tweets about them; a Mobile DJ app to let the user remix and output audio streams; and a Mapping Government app to take public data such as crime stats or the academic performance of schools and visualise it on a map.

City also partnered with the Stemettes to support a Bloomberg-sponsored two-day hack event (14th and 15th April) held at Bloomberg's offices in Finsbury Square. Annie Robberts, Laurelle Brant and Kamile Matulenaite won prizes at the Bloomberg event, promising great things for the Festival of Code.

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