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Technology clubs: girls and their fretsaw

2800 Mechelen
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Due to social influences and misconceptions, girls do not find a way to engineering or applied sciences. A talent that is unknown, is unloved… To fight all prejudices Technopolis, the Flemish science center, organizes the Girls Only Technology Club from 10 to 12 years.

During 9 sessions the girls discover the basic techniques and create pieces of work with all kinds of material: (electrical) saws, drills, files, pliers, cutters, pincers, wood, metal, plexi… In the last session they show their mothers how they learnt to handle and work with these materials in a safe way. The mothers are astonished about the technical skills of their daughters.

“I don’t brag about it, but still it is nice to say: I made this with a fretsaw.” Reaction of a participant

A female coach, who serves as a role model, assists the girls to develop their technical skills. This unique initiative is well adjusted to the social needs of the society and the economic reality, that shows a lack of technical and scientific skilled professionals. Since 2006 more than 500 young girls participated at the Technology Clubs. In springtime a new series will be started up.


Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre

Technopolis endeavours to fascinate everyone with science and technology no matter who or where they are. Up until recently, Technopolis was best known for its popular science centre in Mechelen, which is frequented by especially young families and schools. However, in recent years Technopolis has become a brand for all kinds of activities both inside and outside of Technopolis, both online and offline.