Our team is proud to participate in the You Can! Girls and Technology project, which seeks to inspire more girls to explore the field of technology. By encouraging more women to pursue careers in technology, we can ensure that their skills and perspectives are fully utilized in the design and implementation of technological innovations. In addition, in the future there would be a sufficient number of skilled workers in technology companies and we would be able to stay at the forefront of technological development in Finland.
Our team has participated in the You Can! Girls and Technology project, a cooperation initiative between the Oulu University of Applied Sciences and KoulutusAvain Oy. This project, which began in autumn 2018 and was initially scheduled to end in September of this year, has been extended until March 2022. We are excited to continue our involvement in the project, which aims to provide TET placements and study visits for girls interested in technology.
– The next generation of robotics requires a wide range of skills. In Finland, we need to fully involve women in the development of the technology in order to stay at the forefront of developments in the field, says Matti Tikanmäki, CEO of Probot Oy, in an article published on the website of OUAS.
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“Did you know that Finnish girls rank second in the world in mathematics according to PISA, yet they exhibit the least interest in pursuing careers in engineering and technology among OECD countries?” This alarming trend is what drives the You Can! Girls and Technology project to take action and inspire more young women to pursue careers in this exciting field.
The project aims to boost girls’ confidence in their own skills by raising awareness and positive images of engineering and technology among girls. It also aims to ensure that in the future, women’s skills will be widely used in the design and implementation of technological innovations. The project also aims to ensure that technology companies have a sufficient number of skilled workers, which will lead to an increase in the quality and quantity of technological innovations.
In practice, the project organises technology workshops and TETs for girls in the Oulu and Kainuu region, as well as in-service training for teaching and guidance staff. In addition, the project will build gender-sensitive and equality-friendly teaching and guidance materials together with the target group.
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