Girl Geek Academy launches training for primary education teachers in Australia

Girl Geek Academy chief Sarah Moran running a coding workshop at Queen of Peace Primary School in western Melbourne. (Source: supplied)

Girl Geek Academy chief Sarah Moran running a coding workshop at Queen of Peace Primary School in western Melbourne. (Source: supplied)

Girl Geek Academy launched a teacher training course to better prepare professionals for showing girls aged 5 to 8 how to code. The training program called #MissMakesCode was presented to the public at the Customs House in Sydney through a day-long activity in which primary school girls learned programming to build a game. Around 1,000 primary school teachers were invited to take part at the event.

According to Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy chief executive, “It’s critical that we engage girls in technology from the age of five, so that it can become a native skill like reading and writing… it’s easier to engage girls in technology before they have been exposed to any gender bias…”

Teacher training workshops will start in July and can also be accessed online. The curriculum will be created for teachers and by teachers, however, it will be open for librarians and parents of young girls. The main skills that will be taught are programming a computer game and other basic technical knowledge useful for their students.

Source: Business Insider