Investing in girls-only programmes to increase girls' confidence, awareness, interest & grit to pursue the STEM field.
GEMS was founded by our alumni, Gayatri; Xiin Ying, Farahin and Subashini in 2015.
To ensure that girls have a better learning experience, this is a girls-only on-site programme:
- Creates an environment where girls feel safe to speak up, interact and try new skills confidently.
- Proactively addresses the underrepresented population directly and avoid the gender biases that exist in this field.
- Designed to highlight more female role models for inspiration and push students to aspire beyond the stereotypical routes meant for girls.
- Allows girls to redefine what the tech culture should look like with them being active contributor.
This 8-month programme involves comprehensive lessons on computational thinking, problem-solving, coding, presentation and design thinking skills using open source software and compatible hardware such as Micro:bit
Students have enrolled in competitions such as the Robotics-Open Design category at Penang International Science Fair in 2019, BBC Micro:bit Do Your Bit Global Challenge and community exhibition. Since its inception, we have empowered 51 girls and hope to reach out to more students.