Hazlewood Is only one of five schools chosen by North Tyneside Learning Trust to be part of a new initiative called the DigiLadies. The initiative is designed to inspire young girls in Key Stage two to develop their skills and confidence in using technology, with the hopes of empowering them to pursue a career in the field. This is in response to the disproportionate number of men and women in technological careers.
The DigiLadies initiative, founded by Laura Dickinson, won the BT Tech Factor competition which enabled each school to be supplied with a ‘tech box’ including equipment that can be used from children from nursery to year 6. Throughout Spring and Summer term, the DigiLadies will learn how to use the technology, such as; Sphero’s, Botley, Codeapillar, Dash Bot and Parrot Drones, and will then use their knowledge to inspire others in the school. The girls will also support teachers in using the technology within computing lessons.
In January the girls travelled to The Bett Show in London to experience a wide variety of technology and meet both women and men in exciting technological careers.
Following the success of the DigiLadies, it is hoped that Hazlewood will then become a training school to roll out the initiative across North Tyneside.