Applied Computer Science
Girls’ Day 2009

Girls in the faculty of Applied Computer Science

The number of women who study Computer Science or who follow careers in this field is unfortunately still very low nationally. This is partly because of a fear of computers, but also because of the dominant understanding of the male and female role in society. The aims of the faculty of Applied Computer Science on this Girls’ Day were to rid girls of this fear, to get them interested in Computer Science and to demonstrate the career prospects that Computer Science offers. Interest in the event was pleasingly large, with 15 girls from the 6th and 7th classes of Fulda schools taking part. The girls were looked after by 6 students from the mentoring network. It was discovered that all of the pupils had previous experience with computers, either at home or in school, and so after a short introduction, concrete computer science projects were carried out with the pupils.