Pupils win prize for inspiring women to get into technology

Solent University is working with local schools to encourage careers for women in IT

University hosts event to get girls interested in IT

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Students from Portsmouth High School finished runners-up in a competition to inspire more women to get into technology.

Students attended the second Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) digital leaders’ conference in London, which involved teams competing to devise a campaign to encourage more women to go into the sector.

The team, which consisted of four senior girls – Jade Cutler, 16, Sophie Bayer, 15, Lowena Hull, 13 and Millie Creak, 11, together with four Year 5 girls – Gabriella Boydell, 10, Olivia Dale, nine, Hadiyh Roostaei,10 and Lydia Rukin, nine – came second in the competition and received a silver trophy. The girls were accompanied by the headmaster of the junior school, Paul Marshallsay, and the school’s head of computer science, Gary Barrows.

‘The day was a fantastic opportunity to hear so much enthusiasm for computer science, not only from the industry mentors but also from the students themselves,’ said Mr Barrows.

‘The girls and staff had the opportunity to try an early release of the BBC Microbit computer system, which is expected to be received by all schools in the UK in the next few months. Winning second prize was the icing on the cake after a really good day.’