Girls gather to grow their passion for technology

Kendal Cosky and Heather Wimberley learn how to do stop motion animation at the Brescia House Curiosity event.

Brescia House School hosted Curiosity, an event which allows Information Technology (IT) professionals to share their passion and ideas with youngsters, in Bryanston on 30 May.

The event, which was held for the third year in a row, saw hundreds of Grade 11 girls from schools across the province gather to learn more about the IT field through workshops and grow their passion.

The event focuses on girls who take IT or Computer Applications Technology (Cat) as subjects in order to encourage them to further their studies in the field.

The initiative was started in 2015 by four Grade 10 girls from Brescia House School. They were challenged to drive a project that will make a difference in the community as part of the global Microsoft Student Ambassadors programme.

Youngsters and their teachers enjoy the evening at the Curiosity dinner hosted by Brescia House. Photo: Laura Pisanello.

Girls learn how to program at the Curiosity workshops hosted by Brescia House.

The four youngsters noticed that girls did not typically choose IT as a school subject or career path. They came up with the idea to host a special dinner for other young girls who were also interested in following a career in IT. Since then, the event has continued to invite more girls to participate each year.

Lyneth Crighton, the head of innovation and staff development at Brescia House said that many of the girls in the room could potentially end up in a career which has not even be thought of yet.

“We hope you stay in the world of IT because it is exciting, dynamic and the way of the world and the future.”

Corien Vermaak discusses how technology is included in every career path at the Curiosity dinner hosted by Brescia House. Photo: Laura Pisanello.

One of the guest speakers at the event, Corien Vermaak, an IT law specialist, highlighted that technology would be involved in every career path they may choose, including medicine, law and engineering.

Shaun Edmeston, the head of private schools for FNB, emphasised how much technology had changed the work environment far faster than anyone had imagined. “The way technology grows, what is new today is old tomorrow. There’s a lot to be said for the way that you are going to change what the world looks like.”

The event was sponsored by FNB, SchoolNet, Microsoft South Africa and Konica Minolta North, who provided the funding for each of the girls and teachers to attend Curiosity.

Details: Brescia House School 011 706 7404.

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