Young women break down stereotypes and get excited about technology

45 women of high school age participated in DTU's Engineering Camp during the autumn break. The camp provided women with the opportunity to try various technologies and focus on diversity.

The young women stand in front of the powered wind machine. Viggi Liv Sørensen on the far left. Photo: Mikal Schlosser.
Maiken Nilsson in the green shirt tests how much electricity the solar cell produces from the projector's rays. Photo: Mikal Schlosser.
Back at the wind machine, Natalie Yousif from Sukkertoppen Gymnasium's 3rd year measures how much electricity the wind generates with the help of a turbine that captures the wind's energy, just like in a wind turbine. She enters the results on the computer with concentration.

"It's been a great camp where I've gained insight into what it means to be an engineer. It can be hard to imagine in advance. It was great to tackle tasks that you can dig into and immerse yourself in," says Natalie Yousif.
In front of the computer, Natalie Yousif enters the results while her partner measures the wind's effect. Photo: Mikal Schlosser.

A strong community

"I tried to make it twerk," says one of the young women. In front of her is a white robotic arm that she can make dance to music using a computer.

Sidsel Lindved Møller, who has just started her master's degree in design and innovation, helps the young women program the robotic arms.

"Some of us women have different interests than many of the men, but that's precisely what contributes to progress. We should inspire each other with our different backgrounds," says Sidsel Lindved Møller.

Every evening, a bus picks up the young women and takes them to a hostel where they spend the night.

"The first evening at the hostel, they all sat together playing cards. It was amazing to see how quickly a sense of community was created. They're really good at helping each other. Some have never held a screwdriver before, while others already have a lot of experience," says Sidsel Lindved Møller.

The day concludes with the announcement of the Engineering Camp's winner, awarded to the group of young women who has scored the most points in the camp's competitions and quizzes.

Sidsel Lindved Møller on the left helps get a robotic arm to move to the music. Photo: Mikal Schlosser.

It wasn't just the Engineering Camp that took place during the autumn break. From October 14th to 16th, young women participated in the IT Camp at DTU.

The women had the opportunity to program, learn about algorithms, and ask questions to experienced professionals and DTU students.

The purpose of the IT camp, like the Engineering Camp, is to make young women curious about educational paths where there are very few women.