Emma welcomes Shields pupils to live coding event at the Houses of Parliament

July 11, 2014

140708 Girls Get Coding EventEmma was taught computer coding skills by pupils from Lord Blyton Primary School and Harton Technology College this week, when they attended the Girls Get Coding event at the Houses of Parliament.

The event, organised by PICTFOR, the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum in conjunction with e-skills UK, brought more than a hundred girls from around the country to the historic surroundings of the Palace of Westminster. The girls had been practising their coding skills, ready to teach their MPs the basics of this vital skill. Three students from each were selected to take part, and enjoyed showing Emma and other parliamentarians how to get ahead in programming.

“I was delighted to take part in Girls Get Coding and learn from the pupils from Lord Blyton and Harton. They were full of enthusiasm and made excellent teachers.140708 Girls Get Coding Harton small

“I know how important it is that all school students learn computer programming, and it was a great opportunity for me to brush up my own skills. I also think it’s vital that we get more girls studying STEM subjects and put an end to the idea that these subjects ‘aren’t for girls’, which is completely wrong and puts a lot of talented girls off studying subjects they enjoy.”

Girls Get Coding is generously supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and forms part of the government’s Your Life campaign to encourage more young people, and girls in particular, to consider careers in science and technology.

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