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Nurturing coding talent

City mentor Charlie Watson assists Stemettes, a charity that introduces young girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and whose members were recently interviewed by BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat in the City Interaction Lab.
by John Stevenson

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City's computer science department helped to facilitate a lively BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat interview session about coding with young women from the Stemettes, a voluntary organisation aiming to introduce young girls to career opportunities in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Facilitated by Charlie Watson, a Stemettes mentor and teaching assistant in the computer science department, the BBC's James Waterhouse quizzed 17-year-olds Sheniece Gilkes, Samantha Imafidon, Eleanor Yung and Kamile Matulenaite on the 1st September in the City Interaction Lab about their interesting experiences with digital technology and coding in the Year of Code.

Yung, who demonstrated her use of the Flappy Bird game, recently benefited from a work experience stint at City.

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.

Watson was among the Stemettes mentors who participated in this year's 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.

City also supported a Bloomberg-sponsored hack event (14th and 15th April) held at Bloomberg's offices in Finsbury Square.

Please visit this link to the BBC interview.

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