Girlguiding is partnering with Google on a new badge to encourage girls to get involved in technology from an early age and inspire future careers as computer programmers and engineers.
Girlguiding and Google have developed Google’s Digital Adventure for Brownies, who are aged between seven and 10. It will provide them with the opportunity to develop new skills and an understanding of technology through offline tasks like creating algorithms using storyboards and making robots to solve common problems. Girls completing the challenge will be rewarded with a special Google badge.
The development comes after Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2017 found 30% of girls aged 11-16 think ICT/computing is more for boys and only 37% would consider doing a job in technology.
To be awarded the badge, girls will learn about algorithms and why they are important for coding and computers. The girls will have the opportunity to create their own algorithms and put their own set of instructions into action by creating storyboards for everyday tasks such as getting dressed in the morning or making breakfast.
Brownies will also be challenged to design and create their own robots to solve common problems. All the activities have been designed to help girls develop skills for a digital future, without needing a computer to complete them to ensure the challenge is accessible to all Brownies.
The partnership will also see Google sponsor and provide expertise in the development of a new Digital design badge for the Rangers section (14-18 year olds) as part of the charity’s new programme of badges and activities launching this summer. Girlguiding says the revamp will ensure badges and activities “equip girls and young women with all the skills and experiences they will need to thrive, succeed, make change and be happy in the modern world”.