I was excited when Primo Toys invited us to be part of their #Codinggirls challenge – designed at encouraging girls to take up STEM subjects, and close the gap in the STEM workforce as currently, only 24% of UK STEM jobs are held by women. As a secondary school teacher, I know that our school works hard at encouraging our girls into STEM subjects but there’s often a lack of confidence from the girls at wanting to have a go at subjects such as Computer Science. Elodie has been reading this Women in Science book and has been really inspired. At age 9, she’d like to be a Botanist (this is largely because one of her favourite things to do is make potions and experiments in the garden!) So, I took up Primo’s challenge to make a video with my two girls to find out why it rocks being a girl! (Finlay was a little annoyed at me making a film with just the girls- see if you can spot his cameo appearance! Oh and Orla didn’t quite understand the STEM aim and had to be coaxed out of the princess dresses – and watch out for her comment on who inspires her!!!!!!!)
Primo Toys design and make educational toys that are showered with awards- including a coding game called Cubetto, which teaches kids the power of coding but away from the screen to build their creativity. Coding is just one example of an activity which can build self-confidence and provide kids with an indispensable skill for the future. You can start teaching your kids the power of code with this free e-book published by Primo Toys or Here’s some books on coding for kids that you may want to check out (we love Linda Liukas’ books!) I’d love to think that my girls would grow up super confident around subjects such as Maths and Science – they certainly weren’t subjects that I thought I was very good at, at school!
Making the video with my girls gave me a chance to think about International Women’s Day (not something I naturally give much thought to, to be honest) and I suppose that my hope for the next 20 or so years in my kids lives is that both the girls and boys feel free to choose their career – to not feel boxed in by anything. To be able to be as creative as they like in their jobs and have the freedom to pursue any career path without anything getting in the way. Right now, I am loving Elodie’s ambition, her interest in STEM and her interest in Science – but ultimately if that’s not the career path she eventually chooses – that would obviously be fine too. I have enjoyed the free coding book from Primo because it’s made me realise that there are skills for the future that our kids will need regardless of their chosen career – coding, amongst others is such a vital skill and not necessarily one that I was taught at school. Isn’t it remarkable how quickly the world changes and moves on?
*This is a Collaborative Post with Primo*