Robotics, Acoustic Levitation and App Design Help Engage More Girls in Tech

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Robotics, Acoustic Levitation and App Design Help Engage More Girls in Tech

February 8, 2019
Brighton, United Kingdom

Thirty Year 7-8 girls (aged 12-13) from three schools across Sussex1, have participated in the Tech Girls programme at the American Express Community Stadium and the University of Sussex. Delivered by Albion in the Community (AITC), the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and backed by American Express Company (NYSE: AXP), Tech Girls is a two-day programme designed to engage more girls in technology and encourage students to choose STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects at school and as future careers.  

Originally launched as Code Girls in 2012, more than 480 girls have now benefitted from the AITC programme funded by American Express. Areas covered have included: HTML code - how it is used to setup, design and develop functionality of a website, dismantling and rebuilding computers and creation of a wireframe for a music website. Amex colleagues from across the business help inspire and support students throughout the sessions which are led by the Amex Technology team, local business IT First and new programme partner the University of Sussex.

Re-launched as Tech Girls for 2019, at the first session (Wednesday, 30 January 2019) students (pictured) participated in a series of new activities, including programming a robot to move through a maze, observing acoustic levitation of different foods and a hands-on experience at a mechanical engineering lab, investigating the relationship between stress and strain.

At their second session (Wednesday, 6 February 2019) students participated in an App design activity with the Amex Technology team. A tour of the Amex Sussex House Office, Burgess Hill, demonstrated how technology is used in the workplace.

In addition, an interactive bespoke Digital Careers Fair, hosted by Amex colleagues, gave students an insight to a wide range of technology roles available at the company, such as Software Engineer, Front-end Developer, Quality Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, Data Scientist and UX Designer. Students were also given the opportunity to dial-in to Amex colleagues in India and New York, to explore how technology skills can open doors to global career opportunities.

Vanessa Hackett, Vice President in the American Express Technology team said: “As one of the major technology employers in the area, it‘s crucial that we help nurture talent of the future. We’re incredibly proud to be backing this programme designed to create excitement about technology.

“We’ve seen students’ confidence grow significantly as they gain hands-on experience and connect with women who work in tech. Technology moves fast and key to the programme’s success is its continued evolution to ensure a fun and relevant learning experience. We hope the programme will inspire more young girls to undertake STEM subjects at school and consider pursuing a tech career in the future.” 

A further two Tech Girls sessions will take place in June and November, with 30 girls taking part at each of these two-day sessions. 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Ten students participated from each of the three schools: Warden Park Secondary Academy, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, The Burgess Hill Academy, Burgess Hill, Shoreham Academy, Shoreham-by- Sea

ABOUT AMERICAN EXPRESS
American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.  Learn more at www.americanexpress.com/uk/ and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpressUK, instagram.com/AmericanExpressUK, linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/AmexUK, and youtube.com/AmericanExpressUK.  Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, travel services, gift cards, merchant services, Accertify, InAuth, corporate card, business travel, and corporate responsibility.

ABOUT ALBION IN THE COMMUNITY 
Albion in the Community (AITC) is the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. In the last 12 months AITC has worked with more than 40,000 people in Sussex and delivers 60 different projects and programmes. Through the power of football and the brand of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, AITC is committed to delivering high-quality, accessible opportunities that improve the health and wellbeing, education and aspirations of its community.

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Media Contact

AMERICAN EXPRESS
Parmjit Dhillon
(0)-1273-216-674
parmjit.k.dhillon@aexp.com

BRIGHTON AND HOVE PR
Maunie Catcheside
(0)-1273-746-179
maunie@brightonandhovepr.co.uk

About American Express

American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com, and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, instagram.com/americanexpress, Linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

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