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EIT getting more girls involved in tech

EIT KEAN Digital Coding

The EIT is working with KEAN – Cell of Alternative Youth Activities, to implement the project "Workshops for Digital Coding Skills targeted to female school students in Greece".

The project is part of the "Digital Coding for Girls" campaign.

The EIT, within the framework of the European Union's 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 KEAN for the implementation of these workshops, starting with Greece. KEAN is based in Athens, but numbers hundreds of volunteers in Greece and throughout the EU. 

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, KEANtrainers, in collaboration with Google, the BCA College and the Athens Tech Technology College, together with the Municipalities, will be in the following municipalities:

  • Alimos (12-14 July)
  • Korydallos (17-19 July)
  • Evrotas (27-30 July)
  • Municipality of Messini (7-9 August)
  • Neon Heraklion (28-30 August)

In 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!

Laurent Roux, the EIT's Entrepreneurship Officer, said, 'The EIT is happy to partner-up with an NGO such as KEAN in Greece and neighbouring countries to provide practical digital coding education to young female students, and to help develop their longer term interest in STEM education and associated life-long entrepreneurial and creativity skills.'

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