DSA Electrical has embarked on a new project designed to introduce children, particularly young girls, to computing, by combining craft, computer science and electronics. The project ‘Sew Electric’ will enable children to learn how to sew, write programs and design circuits through a number of small projects.
Girls from year seven at The Boswells School, Chelmsford, have been the first to use their creative skills in conjunction with some practical guidance from some of DSA Electrical’s staff to design and make a ‘Bookmark book-light’. This first project will use a basic set of electronic equipment, sketching equipment and sewing supplies and should all be completed within a few weeks, using the girls’ lunchtimes and volunteered time from the staff of DSA Electrical.
This is the first project DSA Electrical has been involved with and the company is very excited about the potential of bringing science and technology to young people. Managing Director Rachel Richards says “It’s very exciting to be involved in promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects to young people, particularly young females. It’s been well publicised that there are not enough young people, especially girls, entering careers linked to these subjects. We have a wealth of experience within our company and if we can encourage young people to partake in such projects it can only be positive for the future.”