Amy Mather: The First European Digital Girl
We vividly remember those days in school when we used to struggle to work on Microsoft Paint in our initial computer lessons. Maths and Science used to be crammed from a textbook and fear of examinations was ingrained in our minds.Learning was never fun. Well, gone are those day! School curriculum is increasingly being aligned with practical concepts and learning is taking a new dimension in the 21 st century. Coding lessons have been introduced in the school curriculum for primary students since 2014 in Europe. The Indian government has also initiated programs like Atal Tinkering Labs to impart innovative skills like 3D printing among students. Not only have students shown enthusiasm, but they have also excelled in the technological space. Children like Amy Mather are the epitome of excellence in the world of technology.
European Commission’s First European Digital Girl of the Year
After her first encounter with technology at the Manchester Science Festival at age 11, Amy Mather’s interest in coding has taken her to astounding heights. She uses code to solve complex real life problems and has been felicitated with the European Commission’s First European Digital Girl of the Year Award in 2013. Besides this, Amy has delivered talks at industry events such as The ODI Summit, Wired Next Generation, Campus Party at London’s O2 Arena and The Royal Institution. Amy also presented at the RSA Future Maker event at London’s Somerset House, where she also ran a workshop introducing attendees to the world of sewable electronics. She was even the coding expert on two BBC Live Lesson Broadcasts for the Micro:Bit. Amy is an inspiration for people across ages; she teaches people how to code during her school lunch breaks.
She has used several coding languages to design games and write software and is particularly passionate about encouraging innovative learning opportunities in schools across the world. Amy Mather feels it is important to give students a chance to be creative and to experience and experiment. Amy herself has experimented a lot with 3D printing and has created some amazing designs. She has used laser cutter technology to make cases for computers and has even used a 3D printer to design a vacuum-formed chocolate mold for a friend’s birthday. She has become a noteworthy voice for the kids’ coding movement in the UK, and consistently encourages her peers to explore the realms of coding, making, hacking and 3D printing.
It is important that more Amy Mather’s are produced across the globe to embrace the future where obsolete skills will no longer lead to jobs and innovation would drive growth. It is at this point that Edu-tech startups like 3Dexter Technologies step in bringing about new learning possibilities among students by promoting critical thinking, problem-solving skills and encouraging creativity and innovation with the help of 3D printing. 3D printing creates excitement and engagement while learning and is a simple way for students to express their creativity. More and more schools across India need to adopt such innovative learning techniques to make our students competent in the global workforce. It is high time that we stress upon our students’ creativity, expression, understanding and learning rather than cramming, grades, marks and exams. More power to Amy Mather’s of the future!