Social media? There's a badge for that.
Twenty-three years after Girlguiding introduced its computing badge for Brownies, the organisation has given it somewhat of a reboot, with the introduction of some slightly more modern-use cases.
Where previous tasks included "turn on a computer", you will instead see "writing a set of instructions for a movable robot". And where a child would have been told to "use a word processor", they'll now have to carry out a survey on a topic with the additional challenge of "presenting results in a spreadsheet or graph".
Social media also gets a nod, with Brownies learning how to send messages safely as well as understanding the age restrictions in place on some sites. In addition, girls will be taught to better understand their "digital footprints", something that is becoming ever more important as early social media adopters look back at their first forays on Facebook with regret.
The new mini computing curriculum put in place for Brownies was dreamed up by TalkTalk, and while it doesn't break an awful lot of new ground, it's great to see one of the UK's most revered institutes bringing itself into the modern age.
Furthermore, with computing and other technical subjects being dominated by men, Girlguiding chief executive Julie Bentley says she hopes this will go some way towards restoring the balance. "Our research shows that many girls dismiss entire industries – such as science, technology, engineering and maths-based [STEM] careers. This resource inspires girls to think of a career in a STEM industry as a varied and rewarding option for them."
Although we do wonder whether this may be a more familiar way of earning badges for the youth of today:
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