In early November 2018 a very special group of junior consultants joined the UMI-Sci-Ed team at NTNU. Are young students aware of the career possibilities that UMI offers? What do they know about the role of UMI in society? How can we help young students to get a better understanding of UMI careers? What are they interested in knowing, and what is the best way to reach them?
Read a short report of the day from our consultants:
“We are seven students from a secondary school in Trondheim, and we have spent the past day at NTNU´s Department of Computer Science in support of an annual charity campaign. Throughout the day we have discussed our views and ideas surrounding female underrepresentation in the field of computer science, and the role computer science has in our society. We were asked to share our opinions and develop ideas on how to make computer science more appealing and accessible for women and young girls. We have provided the UMI-Sci-Ed with suggestions about how to organize resources for motivating young students to pursue STEM careers. We also recommended content for videos that might attract more female applicants and that would urge people to learn basic programming. An example of this is what type of questions to include in an interview with students and professionals in the field. We have also been working with a master student and brainstormed around ideas for informational games. This experience has been very eye-opening, and by working on this project we feel we gained a better understanding of the importance of programming in different fields. …Stay tuned for the material that will be developed following our suggestions!”
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