CARRIED OUT IN THE YEAR 2021
The purpose of FAIN: SCI80021GR3010, was to increase female secondary students’ interest in computer science, technology careers, English and entrepreneurism through accessible coding experience and training in entrepreneurship, scaffolded by peer and mentor support. Through the program, girls are tasked with developing a mobile app to solve a problem in their own community. Girls learn to plan, develop and execute a complete business model and technology product. They learn more than computer science skills – they learn how to apply this knowledge in real world situations.
This is accomplished by ONG Tecnología con Nombre de Mujer through the application English Integration Program of the Technovation Girls Chile Program in three (3) vocational-technical high schools in Chilean Academic Year (March 2021 – December 2021).
The main objective of the Foundation is that girls and adolescents from vocational-technical high schools with a high poverty rate learn about the opportunities within the STEM world, and with this the students will have the possibility of choosing in a more conscious way where to develop in the future, thus contributing to the reduction of the existing gender gap in STEM in Chile.
Much of the important and valuable information is found in English, both in research and in publications of various kinds. STEM areas are not exempt from this, the English language has become the basis of their communication. In the same way, if you search for information on the internet, most of the publications are in this language. The English language is essential.
The project sought to increase the rate of choice by girls in high schools for careers in STEM areas, such as programming, mechanics or electricity; as well as a better and greater connection with the English language. These high schools have seen a decrease in their enrollment, due to difficulties in accessing connectivity or because the students must assume work roles in support of their family group.
“40% of the girls who complete the program consider pursuing a STEM career”
“60% of participants report higher confidence using STEM concepts and tools”
“50% of English teachers believe this content helps them more effectively deliver technology concepts and related language to their students”
At the time of the completion of this report, the NGO is beginning its seventh season. The financing of the 2022 season will be made with the contribution of WOM, Motorola Foundation and COMEDUC Foundation. Given that the grant from the US Embassy helped the Foundation to test the hypothesis that it is possible to make curricular integration between the subjects of Technology and English, the Foundation’s board of directors has decided to continue promoting integration in two other schools during in 2022, thus adding a total of 5 institutions that will carry out the program in this modality.
Final Performance Narrative Report
See presentation with the complete results of the program.