I teach in a large 11-18 Secondary school based in the North West of England. I have a team of 5 girls – 1 year 8, 2 year 9 and 2 year 10 pupils. All have an interest in computing and possible future careers in either IT/CS/STEM. We have 2 great mentors from Cisco – Heidi based in London, UK and Silvia based in California, USA.
I have taught ICT/CS within the school for 4 years. I have a passion for my subject and I am a keen advocate for girls into ICT/CS/STEM careers. I feel that girls should have strong role models within industry.
I am a keen Tweeter – can be followed @chickengirl1976
LinkedIn Profile http://www.linkedin.com/pub/theresa-russell/67/365/397
Technovation Challenge 2013 Theme
Technovation Challenge provides a life changing experience to girls — they experience success in a field they never thought they could contribute to, let alone succeed in. For the 2013 challenge, girls develop an app that solves a problem in their local community. This could be a health problem that affects their community, a social problem, or even a lack of a resource. Over 12 weeks, girls step through an online curriculum (hosted on P2PU) that helps them develop a potential solution and program a mobile phone application to solve it. They learn how to study their competition, identify ways in which they can gather users, and strategize to earn revenue. They develop a business plan and pitch their ideas (through video) to a regional online competition. Regional winners will travel to California to compete at the Technovation World Pitch event on May 2nd, 2013. The winning team will receive $10,000 in funding and support to complete app development and release their app on the market.