TalkTalk’s search for the nation’s Digital Heroes has discovered three deserving local candidates, who will now go head to head to win a £5,000 technology grant to help further their cause. And from today people in London are being urged to vote for their favourite Digital Hero at http://www.talktalk.co.uk/digitalheroes/region.php?region=london. The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in conjunction with Citizens Online, is the only awards of its kind to celebrate outstanding people who are using digital technology to benefit their local communities.
Carrie Anne Philbin a local Rainham resident and ICT teacher at Robert Clack has been nominated for a Digital Heroes Award, the nomination is for her work on a project designed to inspire working class girls into IT, technology, science and engineering subject areas (http://www.geekgurldiaries.co.uk). Carrie is one of three finalists selected from the London region.
Carrie needs all the votes she can get to further her project, the ‘Geek Gurl Diaries’. It would be great to see the £5,000 technology grant go to a local project and help benefit our local community.
To vote for Carrie Anne Philbin follow this link: http://www.talktalk.co.uk/digitalheroes/region.php?region=london
Jon Cruddas the Local MP for Dagenham and Rainham has shown his support; “I fully support this scheme and think it is a worthwile initiative. Carrie has my vote, it would be great to see this local project get the recognition and investment it deserves.”
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The idea is to increase young womens interest in traditionally geeky subjects. At present women are represented by 28% of jobs in ICT. Carrie suggests that this is because at a young age girls tend to lean towards the creative subjects in school such as Art, Dance and Humanities.
Carrie exlains on her website: “I knew that I wanted to develop a network of individuals who could, through their own experiences inspire a generation to take up more traditionally geeky subjects. The theory being that by exposing students to the range of creative and exciting scientific careers in technology, they may discover an interest in a field they had previously dismissed.”
Through the Geek Gurl Diaries, Carrie has launched a YouTube account, videos for her lessons are uploaded to the web so that students can access them inside and outside school to help with their learning.
It is a worthwile project and needs your vote so that it can keep inspiring young people to follow learning and career paths they would otherwise have dismissed. Carrie says on her website that to do this she needs inspiring individuals to contribute ideas and help out with videos. “I need teachers to introduce the channel to their students and furthermore we need people to talk about this subject in order for us to change the stereotypes.”
The awards ceremony will take place at the House of Commons on Wednesday 28th November. So be sure to cast your vote before then! To vote, follow this link and select Carrie Anne Philbin: http://www.talktalk.co.uk/digitalheroes/region.php?region=london