Briefly in English

You can! Girls and technology familiarizes girls with fields of technology and industries, grows their personal self-confidence in know-how and supports to maintain that confidence in the transitional periods of their education path. The main target group of the project are girls (primary school 9th- graders and second-degree students), school faculties and counsellors, employers and companies. Indirect target groups are influencers and decision makers, parents and the media.

The project’s measures are to organize training and create education material for different target groups. The measures include technology working experience piloting and technology workstations – some of which in international co-operation – and entrepreneurship training for girls in co-operation with companies. Furthermore, the aim of the project is to conduct influencer work and spread good practices and knowledge both domestically and internationally. In addition, in the international co-operation joined training and workstations for school faculties and counsellors will be formed, and education and other materials to which also the teachers and counsellors will be included in will be produced.

The project’s concrete results are operation guides, methods and materials that are gender-aware and encourage girls to non-traditional fields with teaching, counselling and learning. This includes e.g. the piloted concept on technology working experience between companies and schools, a model for organizing technology workstations in co-operation with schools, universities and other actors, and also the supplement training material and contents for school faculties and counsellors.

The project’s measures long term is that women’s know-how is widely utilized in the designing and enforcement of technological innovations in Finland. Companies in technology fields will have enough capable workforce, and therefore the quality and quantity of technological innovations will raise. This has a significant positive effect on the country’s economy and competitiveness.

The project is executed by Oulu University of Applied Sciences and KoulutusAvain Ltd. The project’s international partner is Technisch Heilig-Hartinstituut from Belgium.

The name of the transnational collaboration project is
”GirlPower – Girls and Technology 2018-2021”.

The project’s co-operation network has multiple piloting schools from the first and second degrees in Oulu (Oulu Vocational College) and Kainuu. The project’s measure’s co-operation networks also include for example Technology Industries of FinlandThe Federation of Finnish Enterprises, Oulu University’s STEM center, Kainuun Etu, technology field companies such as MicrosoftElektrobit and Ludocraft.

The project’s co-operation network will expand once the project launches significant growth in Finnish and European competitiveness and the effective use of know-how.

Project manager

Kaisa Orajärvi
Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk)
+358 50 5176 758

Oamkin hankkeiden verkkosivuohje (pdf)