On Saturday, the 12th of March 2016, Five Associations came together to organize this unique and first time event in Lebanon “Girls Got IT”: Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), Arab Women in Computing Lebanon Chapter (ArabWIC Lebanon), IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group – Lebanon Section (WIE Lebanon), and Women in IT (WIT), and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT). All five Associations are officially registered in Lebanon.
They brought together about 460 girl students from public and private schools (11th grade) for a full day activity that took place at The Dbayeh Convention Center.
IC was represented by ten Girls as follows:
Nagham Osman 1ère B
Rita Rahbani 1ère S1
Nour Bakhos 1ère S1
Andréa Chamaa 1ère S1
Cynthia Hitti 1ère S3
Hind Fayad IB I A
Eva Malek 6th B
Sarah Annan 6th B
Manuella Asmar 6th B
Nour Najjar 6th B
The Purpose of event was to:
·Encourage girls to select IT and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects as career choices
·Promote essential technology skills for today's global economy through hands-on activities
·Bridge the gender gap in technology-related fields by bringing awareness to girl students on the importance of Information Technology and of the possibilities ICT can offer
·Break the cultural stereotypes of women in STEM by exposing young girls to inspiring role models and success stories from Lebanon
·Strengthen the bonds within society through fostering volunteering and the spirit of giving back to the society
Throughout the day there were speeches and presentations by Mr. Fady Yarak, Director General of MEHE, a representative of Engineer Khaled Chehab - Order of Engineers, Mr. Danny Karam, from Booz Allen Hamilton, Architect Sylvia Yammine - Ms. Globe 2000, Ms. Desiree Chbeir - Amazon - Washington, Seattle USA.
At the end of the day, awards were given to the best participants in every session (Three IC Students Got awards: (Hind Fayad IB I, Manuella Asmar 6th B, Nour Najjar 6th B). The winning girls made a short speech explaining what they learned from the session/day and why it was important to them.
Following are Short paragraphs written by the students explaining their experience:
“The purpose of the event was first of all to break the cultural stereotypes of women in the information technology field by exposing young girls to inspire role models and success stories from our country. Also, this event wanted to encourage girls to select IT and science technology engineering art and mathematic as future career choices by letting us participate in different workshops such as gaming, graphic design, robotics, architecture… During this day, not only we did one activity of our choice; moreover we listened to speeches.
I personally chose to do the 3D technology workshop where we were introduced to 3D printings techniques. We learned about usages of 3D printing in different industries as well as the role that 3D printing play in the society. We studied the evolution of this technology and some success stories in 3D printing (especially in the medical industry). We, now, have the power to design and create whatever we can imagine. We had the chance to have a hands-on experience in scanning and printing. The combination of the educative aspect and the funny side of the workshop was really interesting. Furthermore, this workshop increased our self-confidence because we, as Women are able to make a difference in our community, and have to fight for our dreams.”
Class: 1ère S3
“Throughout the day, I attended the 3DTEK workshop. I discovered the fabulous world of 3D printing and got to know more about the evolution of this technology in the different industries and usages in our daily lives. I learned about various techniques of 3D printing such as cjp, sla, fdm and sdl; using sandstone, resin, pla, abs and paper as raw materials.
We had the chance to have a hands-on experience in modeling, scanning and printing.
It was a constructive day full of activities in which we were able to join the educative aspect to the funny side in one experience.”
“I personally choose to do the parallel studio workshop with Mrs. Aseel Honein where we were introduced to architectural design .We learned about architecture education in Lebanon as well as the role that architects play in the society. We did different exercises and drawings like plans and free hand sketches. In addition, we created an architectural model of a green residential complex that will be built in Lebanon next summer. It was an outstanding and important experience which helped us to choose our future major: we discovered a lot of things and were introduced to the field of architecture in Lebanon. Furthermore, this workshop increased our self-confidence because we, as Women can handle the most difficult jobs and are capable of making changes in our community.”
“I attended the 3DTEK workshop. I discovered the development and the use of this technology in the different industries and usages of our daily lives. In 3D printing, successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object; this object can be of almost any shape or geometry. There are various techniques of 3D printing such as CIP and SLA, using sandstone, resin and paper as raw materials. This new technology can now be used in medicine (to make exact replicas of organs), in computers and robots, even in food (additive manufacturing of food is currently being developed by squeezing out food, layer by layer, into three-dimensional objects). We had the chance to have a hands-on experience in modeling, scanning and printing.
It was a nice experience in which we were able to learn more about the new technologies used today.”
Rita Maria KENAAN EL RAHBANI