Empower Girls Creativity Through Use of Digital Technologies: A Learning Programme for Girls (SparkDigiGirls)


Research shows that girls choose their professional future based on stereotypes, often under the family influence. The area of technology is the one where we find fewer girls, due to the lack of role models or examples of successful women. In response to this need, a group of partners involving universities and associations from Lithuania, Slovenia, Greece, and Portugal developed a project over two years. It started with a compilation of good practices and round table discussions with people who are relevant in the subject area in each country. With the data collected, it was possible to identify subjects and technologies to develop a learning programme for girls. A programme of 16 challenges was developed based on girls' interests that could be solved using technology. The Moodle platform was used to set up the whole structure. Each challenge includes theoretical information about the technology through video. Followed by tutorials where girls can learn how to use the tools. In the end, they must submit evidence of the challenge and fill in a quiz that tests their knowledge. A pilot test was then conducted with 279 girls from the four countries, aged between 14 and 18, for 2 months. The results were very positive, with the girls showing a change of view towards technology. All this experience made it possible to create a guidebook for mentors and organizations that work with girls, which will allow them to attract more girls to the area of technology.

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Célio Gonçalo Marques, Polytechnic University of Tomar, Portugal
Inês Araújo, Polytechnic University of Tomar, Portugal
Laura Grinevičiūtė, VIPT Asociacija, Lithuania
Brigita Dane, Simbioza, Slovenia
Renata Danielienė, Information Technologies Institute, Lithuania

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Education

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To cite this article:
Marques C., Araújo I., Grinevičiūtė L., Dane B., & Danielienė R. (2024) Empower Girls Creativity Through Use of Digital Technologies: A Learning Programme for Girls (SparkDigiGirls) ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.59
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.59

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