DATCHET, January 24, 2018 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today underscored its commitment to addressing the skills gap in Europe by hosting an interactive workshop for over 80 year-eight girls at its offices at Ditton Park in Datchet. The event was part of its Create Tomorrow initiative, designed to encourage more young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM).
Based on Lego Mindstorms kits, containing software and hardware, the children worked together to build and programme robots using Lego Mindstorms, an icon-based programming interface. The students were then able to showcase their work in a robot race against their classmates.
“For Europe to stay economically competitive, we need more girls to pursue STEM,” said Sarah Atkinson, Vice President, Communications at CA Technologies, and head of Create Tomorrow. “Closing the gender gap in STEM could lead to an improvement in EU GDP of up to €820bn in 20501. Through Create Tomorrow, we are nurturing a culture of diversity and inclusion both inside and outside CA Technologies to support the advancement of women in STEM. Our aim is to help address the gender imbalance by building positive perceptions of women in STEM and encouraging the next generation of females to enter STEM related careers.”
Students from Herscel Grammar, Slough; Trevelyan Middle School, Windsor; Burnham Park Academy, Burnham; and Slough & Eton Enterprise College, Slough took part. CA works with local non-profit Learning to Work to deliver its Create Tomorrow programme in the UK.
“Events like this are hugely important,” said Charley Carson, an English teacher and form tutor from Slough & Eton Enterprise College. “At this early stage, before they have made their options decisions, sparking their interest in what STEM subjects can be used for is critical. It’s not all tests and chemistry, it’s robots and racing too. Having events dedicated to girls also allows them to shine, and see that they can do science and maths too.”
In 2015, CA Technologies launched Create Tomorrow in Europe designed to get more young people excited about STEM careers – and to tackle the gender imbalance. Create Tomorrow is underpinned by the Company’s pledge to the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, and is built in partnership with education stakeholders and not for profit organisations across Europe. The programme is led by employee volunteers, known as STEM Ambassadors, who can volunteer up to five paid days a year to deliver hands-on workshops and activities that show school students what it’s like to work in STEM and the connections between studies and career opportunities.
Last year CA reached a milestone by connecting with more than 10,000 under-18 school students and over 600 school teachers in Europe through Create Tomorrow. It has recently announced its intention to reach 50,000 under-18 school students in Europe by 2020 and - through role models, STEM ambassadors, and partnerships – continue to inspire them to consider future careers in STEM.