Girls’ Day Weikersheim
The Girls’ Day in Weikersheim was opened with a welcoming speech by our Executive Vice President Information Management, Ralf Pelkmann. Here the girls were given an overview of the TecAlliance.
There followed an introduction to us and to the girls. When everyone knew who they were looking at, the girls got a look at our daily business by taking them through the company. So they were able to have everything explained to them by all of the TecAlliance teams.
This was followed by a small programming session in which the basics were shown and reproduced. But before the heads started to smoke it was time for lunch.
The afternoon program consisted mostly of the Raspberry Pi, which was explained and passed around. Afterwards there was the possibility to send own commands to the Sense Hat connected with the Pi by using the programming language Python, so that whole sentences could be displayed colorful.
In the meantime the girls were given further insights, for example how to use voice controls with Cortana in their daily work and what our server room looks like and why it has to be so cold there.
Finally, there was a feedback round in which our assumption was once again confirmed:
Everyone had fun and learned a lot.
Girls’ Day Ismaning
The Girls’ Day in Ismaning began with a friendly greeting from our trainer Timm Nießlbeck. After a short introduction the girls got an overview of the company and the training with us. Afterwards they had the possibility to ask us trainees and students about us and our training during short interviews.
Afterwards they went on a tour through the whole company. It was very impressive to see how the finance department decides on the budget and what a server room looks like from the inside. Or to see what happens when one of the backup hard disks is pulled out.
After the tour there was an introduction to programming. After the girls had learned what to do with a loop or is a data type was already noon. After a tasty refreshment in the canteen, the girls started to disassemble a PC and recognize the individual components full of enthusiasm. None of them had a processor in their hands before.
Then they recognized the individual components of a computer on the Raspberry Pi. They were very impressed by the many possibilities that such a Pi offers: Colourful flashing lights, a timer and much more.
One important thing, especially for the younger generation, is that the Internet doesn’t forget anything. They were amazed at how quickly you can find pictures and information about people, even though you have very little information. Because that was the last part of the Girls’ Day, an introduction to social engineering. Soon everyone wanted to search for their name and that of their parents.
Finally, there was a feedback round from which only positive feedback was received. A very nice and successful Girls’ Day.
Girls Day Cologne
Yesterday Girls’ Day took place here in Cologne, as it did at the two other locations. It was held with 5 interested participants.
After the greeting, the girls were able to get an overview of the TecAlliance during a tour. They asked all kinds of questions. Then it really started: The girls were finally allowed to program! For many of them it was a completely new experience, but they successfully faced it.
During the lunch break we got the feedback that the participants found the tasks complex, but that they also had fun to do them. During lunch everyone was very happy, laughed a lot and talked to us trainees and students about all kinds of things.
After lunch, the amazed participants were shown the server room and listened with interest to the history of the Cologne building.
When creating an HTML page, everyone was enthusiastic about it and wanted to try out more after the time had passed. After that there was a visit to a developer’s workstation and another introduction to programming. The day ended with sweet snacks, a feedback round and 5 happy girls, most of whom would like to come back for an internship.