School, the universities of Emilia-Romagna are waiting for digital girls

The universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia and Parma are connected and set up together Digital Girls Er, a project to send stereotypes into the attic that alienate students from technical and scientific subjects. The program provides for the realization, from this year, of free summer camps lasting three weeks, from June 20 to July 8, reserved for young people in the third and fourth year of high school. Six locations have been identified to carry out the activity, specifically the universities of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, Ferrara and Cesena. An online edition is added for those who are unable to physically participate. Each camp can accommodate up to 45 students, for a total of more than 360 girls who will thus be able to get closer to the world of information technology and programming.

The role of Stems in the gender gap
The gender gap in our country is accentuated precisely by the low presence of graduates in Stem subjects: only 18% of girls today, in fact, he chooses to specialize in technical-scientific courses of study. However, they are professional fields with excellent job prospects. The benefits of greater participation of women in core disciplines would also fall on the community with a reduction in the gender gap in skills, increasing the employment rate and productivity of the latter.

If we really want to build a more equitable and inclusive society, this gap must be overcome by building initiatives such as Digital Girls Er, which can give many young people a concrete and high-quality possibility from a scientific point of view. to get involved thanks to the experience of many professionals, professors, researchers who have fully established themselves in the world of technology and digital”, As emphasized by the councilors of schools, universities, research and the digital agenda Paola Salomoni and equal opportunities Barbara Lori.

The contents
The camps will be real workshops with university teachers and a practical framework. They will give the opportunity to learn creative computational thinking, by acquiring the basics of a programming language; they will lead to a growing awareness of the opportunities and risks of IT services. In addition, there will be the opportunity to attend testimonials and interventions from professionals – experts, entrepreneurs, university professors and startuppers – called to share their experience.

Among the goals set by Digital Girls ER are also the development of soft skills such as the ability to work in a group, present and speak in public, solve problems and make decisions independently. Transversal skills that can be exploited in various work contexts. The edition of the online seminar is scheduled from June 20 to 30 and it will be an opportunity for students to attend expert talks from the business and academic worlds on the technology world with insights into the implications and applications in everyday life and the study and work opportunities offered by the digital sectors.

Women and Digital Project
Girls Digital Er – extension of the Digital Girls project, conceived and launched in 2014 – is built together with the Universities of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Department of Engineering Enzo Ferrari), Bologna (Department of Computer Science – Science and Engineering), Parma Department of Engineering). and Architecture) and Ferrara (Department of Engineering), with the support of the Emilia-Romagna Region and Art-Er and in collaboration with the regional school office. All this is part of the activities of Data Valley Bene Comune, the Digital Agenda of Emilia-Romagna 2020-2025 which, with Women and Digital, aims to take initiatives to bring the female universe closer to education and training courses technical and scientific.

Summer camp registration forms will be available online from April 20 at this address. Also on the website you can find the programs of the camps, the training activities and the modalities of participation. More testimonials and activities will be hosted on the initiative’s Facebook and Instagram channels.


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