One of the most effective ways to hone a skill is to teach it. This is why last Friday we held the award ceremony for our Girls Go Tech (GGT) Programme Tutorial Video Competition co-organised by Bloomberg.
The competition challenged 52 secondary school girls aged 14-17 split into teams of two to develop a video tutorial focused on teaching others how to build a product or app they learned by participating in GGT as well as through their own study. Bloomberg volunteers were paired with each team to assist them with idea development and workshops around presentation skills.
Out of the 12 shortlisted teams, four received special recognition from our panel of judges for their 10-15 minute tutorial video:
- Champion: Ng Wing Chi and Chan Lok Tung, Holy Trinity College
Inspired by the popular Korean TV series – Squid Game, this tutorial focused on how to create an online version of the game ‘Red light, Green light’, with Scratch. The process involves game design, sound effects, visual effects, and coding.
- First runner-up: Ng Man Hei and Sham Wing Yan, C.C.C. Ming Yin College
This team demonstrated how to make a canon toy with Micro:bit, using coding and different sensor and response systems.
- Second runner-up: Chan Man Hei and Chan Yin Yu, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School
Because an increasing number of restaurants now use self-order systems since the pandemic, this team was inspired to show others how to create a food ordering app on Thunkable, including app design and programmes.
- Third runner-up: Wong Wing Lam and Fong Po Hei, Tak Nga Secondary School
This team demonstrated how to create 3D models with Sketchup software, which is a handy modelling tool commonly used in the fields of architecture, urban planning, and game design.
Additionally, the public voted on the projects, and the team with the highest number of likes won the Netizen’s Choice Award, which was awarded to Wong Sheung Yung and Wong Sau Yin from Tak Nga Secondary School whose tutorial showed others how to use FlipaClip, an app that can be used with a mobile phone or iPad to create animations.
All the shortlisted team tutorial videos can be viewed here.
The feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive in all aspects of the competition including advice from the volunteers, new skills picked up in the process of creating the tutorial videos and insights from the ceremony’s panel discussion, which featured female IT professionals. As one participant noted:
“From knowing nothing about programming to understanding the basics and going on to teach others – it was such an amazing experience!”
“After the competition, I have improved my presentation, communication, and problem solving skills. It wasn’t easy to present my team’s idea to everyone in English and find the exact words I wanted to express. Overall, the competition was meaningful and I enjoyed the time spent on it.”
We couldn’t be more proud of our GGT participants and we were grateful to have the support of Bloomberg and such a committed network of schools, volunteers, facilitators, judges and friends to support this Competition. Opportunities like these enable young women to see how their STEM skills can be applied in tangible ways to educate others. We look forward to continuing to organise innovative activities like these to contribute towards closing the gender gap in STEM.
Get in touch at Fiona.Nott@twfhk.org