Do you know these biases?
Programming is only for math aces. WRONG!
Boys are better at using computers. NONSENSE!
Boys are more likely to have a knack for technology. RUBBISH!
Programming is boring. NOT TRUE!
Join the Girls’ Day!
About your Girls’ Day in Oldenburg
The last few times, the girls simply blew our minds: in 2017, they invented and tested a device that warns cyclists if cars get too close to their bike. In 2018 they built a school locker that can be opened with an app. What will you invent?
Autonomously driving cars, household appliances and machines controlled by apps are just a few examples of the Internet of Things (IoT). And that’s a little bit like magic! With us you invent and build your own IoT solution for yourself and for Oldenburg. You make Oldenburg a smart city!
You work with the small school computer Calliope Mini and a kit of sensors that we use in the manufacturing industry to quickly create prototypes.
With a little help you can program various solutions. Your invention can be a button-operated device, a smartphone remote control, or it can collect data and display it on a website. You can measure temperature, brightness, distance, color, volume, rotation and more, flash LEDs and control a small motor. Don’t panic, it’s actually really easy!
More than anything, you should bring excitement to shape the world. For that we have everything you need. You can bring your smartphone, laptop or tablet with you if you want and your parents allow it. We provide food, drinks and working materials. We’ll have pizza for lunch.
For us Girls’ Day is not only a fun project, but an important concern: Girls and women are still underrepresented in digital professions and in engineering. This is a big problem, because if only men shape the digital world of tomorrow, it will become a digital world for men. Plausible, isn’t it?
An example from the engineering sector shows how drastic the effects can be: The airbag was developed by a group of men who were committed to making driving safer and reducing the number of road fatalities. However, the engineers did not think of women and children during the design phase. As a result, many women and children lost their lives in the early days of the airbag because the airbag was simply not designed for the size of children and the weight distribution of women. If there had been female engineers, this would certainly not have happened.
We, erminas GmbH, want to make the world a better place with digital means. And we want to persuade many girls to take an active part in shaping this world. You don’t have to become programmers for that. No matter which profession you choose later, only if you know how the digital world works can you actively help shape it.