Published Thursday, February 18, 2021
Free technology courses for girls
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Microsoft announces the beginning of the sixth edition of the DigiGirlz program, which provides free technology courses and inspirational talks to young girls.
The courses, which this year will be virtual due to the pandemic, have the goal of developing skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, also known as STEAM.
The deficit of women in these areas is a global problem: in the world only 35% of STEAM students in universities are women and only 3% of women choose to study information and communication technologies, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.
The figures are usually more worrying because female representation in technology areas does not usually exceed 10%.
"Only if we can reflect all the wealth and variety of the world will we be able to unleash the innovation and creativity that technology requires to become a true ally that contributes to solving society's most pressing problems," Daniel Verswyvel, General Manager of Microsoft Central America said.
People interested in receiving the courses can use any device with internet access and enter at the Microsoft Team site.
On that link, people will have access to daily activities, talks and workshops on topics such as the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and machine learning, taught by women experts in these fields.
Today the students will be part of a laboratory for programming facial recognition tools. This practical laboratory will have a limited capacity, so those interested must register in advance to reserve their space on the DigiGirlzLab web page.
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