Topics covered by the new badge include safe use of social media, basic IT security, and simple coding - all great early IT skills to hopefully set girls on a path to a career in IT.
However, the press release that announced the new badge also included a list of some of the criteria for winning the old badge, which included these challenging tasks:
- Turn on a computer
- Use a mouse
- Handle CDs to keep them clean
- Shut down the computer when you've finished
"Have you tried switching it on and off again?"
"You need to use the mouse - the thing with the wire coming out of it."
"Insert the CD. The CD. No, it's not a coaster for your coffee cup. OK, this is how you clean it..."
Suddenly Downtime understands what the women in IT movement has been missing all these years.