To inspire students to enter the field of technology and to expose them to the benefits of pursuing a career in the world of tech.
The introduction portion of this workshop consists of a PowerPoint presentation which will introduce students to local labour market information highlighting the number of technological jobs that are currently available and will be available in the coming years in Canada. Then, the two main streams of jobs available in the technical fields will be examined: 1) Digital Occupations 2) High-Tech Occupations. Examples and descriptions of types of jobs within each stream will be given. The focus will then be shifted to the number of women currently in the technical fields, with a closer look at the gender gap that still persists between the number of men and women who pursue tech careers. The unique skill set that women bring to the field of tech will also be examined. Lastly, the PowerPoint presentation will highlight women’s past contributions to the tech field (women throughout history) to emphasize how women have shaped the tech world as we currently know it.
PowerPoint Presentation: 22 slides
Research indicates that one of the most important factors to the success of young women in technical fields and skilled trades is providing mentors and role models. Young women need to see examples of other women successfully following non-traditional career paths. For this portion of the workshop, choose from the following options:
A contact list of local women in the skilled trades and technical fields has been provided in this toolkit, along with their contact information. They may be contacted to make presentations to students regarding the challenges and benefits of pursuing a career in the skilled trades and technical fields.Mentor Contact List
Brochures of local mentors have also been provided in this toolkit which can be used as case studies
of successful women pursuing a skilled trade or technology. They include information such as education, salary, employer, skills, challenges, and benefits of various careers in the skilled trades and technical fields. These brochures can be used as supplementary materials in addition to a mentor presentation, or alone if mentors are unavailable.
There are several video clips located on the accompanying USB drive of women working in the skilled trades and technology that can be shown in addition to the ones already embedded within the PowerPoint presentations. These can be used as supplementary materials, or as the primary method of exposing young women to mentors in the skilled trades and technical fields.
The two activities below can be completed to give female students a ‘hands on’ experience with careers in technology.
Each group of students will be provided with 20 marshmallow and 25 toothpicks and will be given then challenge of building the tallest freestanding structure. A list of questions can be given afterwards for students to complete to extend this activity.
Working in small groups, students will be asked to brainstorm ideas for an app they would develop. Think about the purpose of the app, who it would benefit (target user), a name for the app, and what it would look like. Sketch out the design for the app, the icon you would use to represent your app, and include a description of your app. Use a mind-map to brainstorm all of the features you want your app to include.
Teachers can take this activity one step further by exploring websites such as:
This website provides tutorials for students to actually design their own app and see what it would look like on their Smartphone. Tutorials are provided on this website for educators.
Upon completion of this workshop, students will: