IGNITE A PASSION FOR TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR STUDENTS
Our school incursion workshops are facilitated by Girl Geek Academy teachers and are tailored to your school’s needs. All of our school holiday workshops are available as incursions too! The best part – we come to you!
For girls ages 5-8
Girls aged 5-8 years old will learn to build the internet. The sessions incorporate a series of offline activities, including listening to STEM stories and learning and sharing insights about safety on the internet. They will apply the basic coding concepts to be able to customise their own games in a day. The girls become developers and game testers, as they play and share their games.
For girls ages 9-13
This workshop brings together various STEM activities including coding, robotics, programming and code breaking for a fun & exciting day that opens their eyes to their role in online safety as well as the potential career of cybersecurity – one of the most in-demand professions in Australia.
For high school girls ages 13-17
The #GirlGeekGames Workshop is for secondary school girls who want to learn more about game jams, the game making process and the wide range of career options directly from amazing women who are working in the gaming industry right now.
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#MissMakesCode Teacher Program
#MissMakesCode is the first initiative in the world created to build confidence and self efficacy in the areas of algorithmic thinking, programming and coding for young girls aged 5-8 years. The teacher curriculum comprises of a series of lesson plans and resources and is the only professional development solution for teachers/librarians that ensures the priorities of the Digital Technologies Australian Curriculum F-Year 2 (as adopted by each state) are comprehensively and explicitly delivered to primary teachers as an all in one engaging teaching and learning and assessment solution, across the nation. All resources and assessment have been developed by teachers who are specialised in the subject matter and who teach at these age groups daily in a range of systems, schools and settings.
#MissMakesCode Teacher Training Course 1 consists of 9 modules that focus on computational thinking, programming structures, coding techniques and the software development.
Aligned to the Digital Technologies curriculum you will learn how to make your own game using code, just as your students would, followed by practical examples and resources to roll the program out in your school. The program consists of teaching activities for visible thinking, problem solving and GUI design so that your students are able to work in a variety of computational ways to solve problems, create apps and games via coding.
The #MissMakesCode program will equip schools and its F-Year 2 classroom teachers and librarians with the skills to deliver the theory and coding skills related to:
- understanding algorithms
- the coding structures of sequence, selection and iteration (loops)
- techniques for testing and debugging
- the coding events to activate and monitor actions
“ We had an absolutely wonderful day learning coding with Helen from Girl Geek Academy for our Miss Makes Code training day! The opportunity to get some hands on experience with coding was incredibly valuable, as was Helen’s way of explaining code to us – she made everything feel accessible and we left feeling much more confident in teaching coding concepts. Having all the handouts and printables ready, as well as access to online courses will make running workshops much more manageable. We are so excited and now feel more prepared to bring more coding out to the community! Thanks so much for everything, we really appreciated it, we’ll definitely stay in touch and let you know how our coding programs go in the future! ”
– Chelsea and Fede, Eastern Regional Libraries
OUR PROGRAMS ARE TAILORED TO
YOUR TEACHERS’ NEEDS
Face to Face Teacher Training
This event shares the core principles and skills to successfully run the #MissMakesCode program in schools. Learn how to make your own game using code, just as your students would, followed by practical examples and resources to roll the program out in your school. You will also get full access to the online program.
Delivery is tailored to your organisation’s needs. It usually comprises of full day and half day workshops.
Teacher Work Experience
This blended teacher training program enables your teachers to get trained on-site at some of Australia’s largest technology companies. We bring your teachers to speak directly to some of Australia’s leading technology workplaces to understand the connections between the curriculum and what’s happening in industry today.
We believe that every teacher in Australia should have access to this training – so we have developed an online program that takes you through everything you need to bring #MissMakesCode into your classroom.
The online portal allows this training to be accessed by teachers across Australia.
Experience Days Delivered in Schools
Our experience day workshops for teachers include a 20-40 minute intro on the tech delivered by Girl Geek Academy, Q&A, and hands on information sessions delivered by tech experts.
Topics for professional development experience days workshops include but are not limited to Lego Robotics, 360 camera, Arduino/raspberry pi (includes wearable tech), Minecraft.edu and Virtual Reality.
GIRL GEEK IN RESIDENCE
We have worked with a number of Australian corporates on intimate programs focused on capability uplift of women in tech from graduate programs through to senior leadership.
Our flagship program in this space is Girl Geek in Residence, where our team work closely with technology teams to increase the professional development of women in technology by running Girl Geek Academy programs in-house.
We know every company is different, so we’d love to hear more bout your professional development needs. Get in touch!