SUPERHEROES TURN GIRLS INTO TECHIES
23 February 2016, Written by Laura Daquino
TECH Girls Movement and Diverse City Careers are banking on the trusty superhero to push kids into STEM careers and Google is backing their idea.
Google will support the initial distribution of more than 9500 books to every school library in Australia.
A Kickstarter campaign funded production and distribution of 20,000 copies of the first Tech Girls are Superheroes. Beekhuyzen hopes the support of partners like Diverse City Careers and Google will see the second book's distribution soar higher.
"From the feedback, we know we have struck a chord - now we just need to dial up the volume."
Brisbane co-founder of Diverse City Careers, Gemma Lloyd, has worked in ICT for around a decade and so has fellow co-founder Valeria Ignatieva, who is based in Melbourne.
Beekhuyzen recalls that in the 10 years to 2015, the proportion of women studying IT degrees in Queensland fell from 23 to 15 per cent.