Take Your Kids to Work – in IT!

Posted by Candace Jones, web manager, UCOP. UCOP participated in Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day on April 23. The Web and Application Services group joined in the festivities to talk about the information technology field and, more importantly, show how fun it is to build a website!  About 8-10 kids in two separate sessions learned – in five easy steps – the importance of an idea, the tools needed, audience analysis, preparation, and implementation.  With the help of web team members Aymen Manai and Allan Perry, each student built his or her own custom website. Their content expressed their personal interests, ranging from sports to animals. We even had a site about Doctor Who! Several students asked if their sites could be kept live so they could show their friends. And so that’s what we did!

At the day’s closing event, Chief Operating Officer Rachael Nava asked the kids what their favorites of all 24 sessions were. Three or four kids raised their hands said “Building a Website” was the best!

Five easy steps

The five basic steps we identified are:

  • Have an idea.
  • Have your tools ready.
  • Think about your audience.
  • Put all the pieces together.
  • Just do it!

If you’re interested, here’s a link to the prezi presentation.

Why we participated

UCOP’s event was part of a national campaign led by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to developing innovative strategies and research-based activities in informal educational programs. They want to empower girls and boys to confront and overcome societal messages about youth and to strive for their full potential.

What about you?

Did anyone else in UC IT host a Take Your Kids to Work event? What activities did you do?

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