Teaching Coding and Inspiring Girls Online with Skool

Skool Zoom Workshop

Skool, a non-profit organization in Hungary that inspires girls to choose technology for their future, usually arranges physical events and workshops, programming boot camps, and mentoring sessions. The quarantine and lockdown period didn’t stop them in their mission of spreading knowledge and inspiration. This May, we took part in the first online workshop for girls together with Skool.

Sigma Technology became a partner to Skool in 2018, supporting the organization’s vision of empowering and inspiring young girls to choose a technical career. This year, with quarantine restrictions on public gathering, we had to look for new ways to help girls find their way in the tech field. Thankfully, IT tools provide endless opportunities for remote communication and group events. This May, we took part in an online workshop for girls together with Skool.

Our first online workshop with Skool went with flying colors. During the event, our volunteers and Skool mentors introduced girls to coding in App Inventor.

“Even though it was our first online mentoring session, it went very smoothly. We have succeeded in getting a real-life experience by using Zoom conference and breakout rooms and Hangouts. After a session of coding, we also got to share our stories in tech with the girls and answer their questions,” says Rita Helli, coordinator of Sigma Technology’s cooperation with Skool.

“We believe in technology and are sure that it is a great enabler. That’s why Skool’s mission to empower, inspire, and help young girls to choose a technical career strikes a chord with us. I thank our colleagues who volunteered to become mentors at Skool’s online workshop and hope we’ll have more events like this,” says György Nagy, Country Manager at Sigma Technology Hungary.

About Skool

Skool is a flagship project of the Technology in Education Foundation that provides free technology training for girls, ages 8-18. Their core activity is introduction to technology; success- and experience-based coding courses with a focus on design learning and algorithmic thinking to increase female engagement in the technology sector.

Our method is to allow students to play a role in designing their own solutions to a number of local challenges and use coding as a tool. For more information, please visit skool.org.hu.

About Sigma Technology

Sigma Technology is part of Sigma and a global supplier of software & embedded design, product information, and offshore development. We are experts with a passion for technology and information. We take pride in delivering quality and constantly improving our deliveries. Our philosophy is ‘Local Drive – Global Strength’, therefore we have offices worldwide to be close to our customers. For a complete picture, visit sigmatechnology.com.