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My campus has: IF (girls) {in the exact}

The project brings together various actions of teaching, research and extension with the objective of promoting the participation of women in the Exact area, motivating their entry and permanence in the courses offered by Câmpus Bragança Paulista.

  • Published: Friday, 13 September 2019, 14h48
  • Last updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 12h21

The IF extension project (girls) {in the exact ones}, coordinated by Professor Elisandra Aparecida Alves da Silva, from the Language and Database Database of the Campus Bragança Paulista, aims to promote the participation of women in the Exact area, motivating their admission and permanence in the courses offered on campus. The project was created due to the low number of female students in these courses compared to the presence of men.

 According to the coordinator, the project, which is a partner of the Girls Digital Program, of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), was created in 2017, initially with the objective of working in the area of ​​computing under the name of IF (girls) {in computing }, as it is the area of ​​Câmpus Bragança Paulista that offers courses at three levels (technical, undergraduate and graduate). In 2018 the project was expanded to promote the participation of women in the Exact area, including all courses, due to the great interest and participation of students from other courses, and also due to the difficulties faced, which are common to all.  

The project encompasses many actions, such as lectures, round tables, workshops and short courses that count on the participation of women recognized in the business and academic environment to address the issue of gender and the participation of women in Exatas and in the market. In addition to bringing inspiring women to the campus, the project also takes the opposite path: it invites the community to participate in conversation circles, prepared by the students, in which several important themes are discussed today, in order to stimulate the protagonism of the students. To meet the students of the different levels and courses, which are offered at different times, conversation circles take place once a month, one in the morning and the other at night. 

Another important action of IFmeninas is mentoring, which aims to support the participation of students in Technovation Challenge, a global competition that offers a program for girls to develop skills and become technology entrepreneurs and leaders. The participants, girls aged 10 to 18, organize themselves into teams and develop mobile applications and business models, with the support of mentors. In 2019, seven teams from the Campus Bragança participated in the competition, two of which qualified for the world semifinal. “Out of a total of 15 teams from Brazil, two were from our campus,” said Professor Elisandra, proudly.

In addition to this mentoring activity, the project also promotes preparation for the Brazilian Informatics Olympiad (OBI). “It works as a study group that solves exercises and discusses the difficulties encountered at OBI,” said the coordinator. 

The project also promotes visits to universities and companies so that the students expand their knowledge about the universe of academic and professional possibilities. On the other hand, the students visit public schools to publicize the project and the campus.

The Creative Computing Course for Elementary Education is a prominent action linked to the IFmeninas. The course is divided into two modules:

Module 1 - Fundamentals and Digital Games: course taught by students of integrated technical courses, which present Computational Thinking and programming in a playful way, with appropriate tools for the age group (8 to 12 years). There are currently three classes in this module, each with two to three IFSP students acting as teachers and receiving 15 to 20 students from schools in the region.

Module 2 - Mobile and wearable applications: this course is also taught by students of the integrated technical courses and started to be offered in the second semester of 2019, being offered to children who have already completed Module 1. In the course, students deepen the concepts previously seen and learn, in a playful way, how to develop mobile applications. The public is aged 12 to 14 years. Currently, two classes of Module 2 are being offered.

 The Creative Computing Course is also linked to a Scientific Initiation project with a CNPq grant. The project's scholarship holder is Ana Luiza Petruso de Melo, a student in the Integrated Technical Course in Electro-electronics. The research that she develops in the project refers to the elaboration of materials that can be used in the classes of the course. “I joined IFmeninas in the first year of the course and became a tutor in the Creative Computing course, and now, in addition to teaching, I research materials to be used in them, it has been a very enriching experience”, he said.

 To carry out so many actions, the IF (girls) {in the exact} has an expressive number of participants: there are 30 students, seven teachers and five administrative technicians. The coordinator states that, since the beginning of its execution, the project has reaped good results, such as the great participation of students in the activities developed, the integration of participants from different courses in the planning and execution of activities and the fact that the girls are more confident and have shown greater interest in the exact area.

 Another fruit of the work with IFmeninas is a postdoctoral research (UFABC) that is being initiated by Professor Elisandra, which aims to identify gender patterns in academic interaction networks. “With this project I will use my knowledge in Computing and I will be able to better understand the broader panorama of the participation of women in the academic context”, he said.


How to send a video?

Students interested in contributing to the program can submit their own videos lasting a maximum of one and a half minutes, which must be recorded with a camcorder or cell phone camera. When using the cell phone, recording should be done with the device horizontally, using the rear or front camera (selfie mode). Videos recorded with vertical framing cannot be considered. 
The people who will present the project must be very close to the camera, so that they are audible. Look for more reserved places, without the interference of external sounds (wind, event sound, ambient noise). Light the scene well, record in favor of the light. Do not use digital zoom, as it affects the quality of the video.

After recording the video, upload the raw material (without the insertion of subtitles, soundtrack and overlapping images) and files (photos or other information) related to the project in the cloud and send the link with the project information, full name , course and campus for email .

To upload the video, you can choose the storage of your preference. We suggest, as a suggestion, SendSpace (https://www.sendspace.com), Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/pt_BR/) and Google Drive (https://drive.google.com) .

Remember that the material must be sent without editing.

In case of doubt, contact the Communication Department by e-mail  .

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