In a world that is rapidly changing, we might wonder how to prepare the younger generation to thrive and meet future demand. So, what are the essential 21st century skills for girls and why are they important?

We all know that technology is moving quickly — we’ve seen it with the advances in 5G, electric cars, cryptocurrencies, and we’ve surprised ourselves with our ability to adapt to new working environments in the pandemic.

What’s also clear is that education systems need to catch up. The UK is currently facing a huge digital skills gap, with a new report finding that…

In October 2020, we were the lucky recipients of a Flagship grant from Grant for the Web — a $100k fund to boost open, fair, and inclusive standards and innovation in Web Monetization, to grow our platform and make Erase All Kittens bigger and better.

Our developers have spent the past few months working on our codebase and we’re excited to announce that we’re now conducting Web Monetization experiments! From today, the EAK website is monetized — giving players the option of signing up to play for free, or signing up with Coil to receive additional exclusive access to new…

There’s a huge misconception that girls aren’t into gaming, leading many to have a negative perception of coding and making games. So why does this misconception exist, and how can it be tackled?

Concerns over attracting girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects have been voiced for many years. Maths is a boy thing, right? Or is it more likely that society underestimates girls’ ability, which feeds into a continuous loop of female underrepresentation?

When asked how we can encourage girls to take an early interest in the STEM fields, Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, advised that…

Brain research shows that active, joyful learning increases student success — when children have fun in lessons, they retain information better because the process is memorable and enjoyable, and they will want to keep learning.

Play is one of the most important ways in which young children gain essential knowledge and skills, yet it is often thought of as competition for learning and underestimated as an educational tool. Video games are commonly dismissed because of concerns about screen time and lack of social interaction. …

Closing the gender gap in technology would be beneficial for everyone, and inspiring girls from an early age is essential in achieving this. So how big is this problem, and how is it being solved?

Research shows that the number of females working in STEM careers has fallen since the ’90s and that if we do not reverse this trend, women will go increasingly underrepresented in the male-dominated tech industry (Accenture and Girls Who Code, 2018).

This is a major cause for concern considering the enormous digital skills gap the UK is currently facing: 88% of businesses in the UK…

Running out of STEM resources for your students?

Erase All Kittens is a multi-award-winning online adventure game that introduces professional coding skills to children aged 8–13, and inspires girls to code.

So why Erase All Kittens?

When Tim Berners-Lee was asked for an example of a popular use of the internet that he would never have predicted, he answered ‘Kittens’. We thought that this would be a perfect place to start — an epic kitten-based storyline to encourage even the most technophobic child to want to learn coding skills, like HTML.

And it’s working. The first version has over 150,000…

We’re excited to announce that we recently won a government grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, to expand our initial development plans so that we can create a bigger version of Erase All Kittens with Playerthree.

We’ve been busy building and testing different coding and gameplay mechanics and researching topics which aren’t being taught in schools to use in our interactive dialogue, such as entrepreneurism, fake news (and how to spot it) and cyberbullying. …

After an incredible year, winning six global tech awards, partnering with MIT Solve, and overfunding on Kickstarter (thanks to you lovely humans!) we’re finally on our way to fulfilling our dream — giving girls all over the world the confidence to code, and skills to create.

We’ve been brainstorming with some of the most creative software engineers and game companies in London, and now we’re working round-the-clock with games development studio, Playerthree, on the pre-production of our new iPad game.

What’s next?

Since the start of this year, we’ve been working on new gaming mechanics to introduce HTML, CSS and…

After a hectic start to our Kickstarter

  • We reached 50% of our funding goal in 7 days (and now 12 days in, we’re at 62%!)
  • We received some lovely feedback from our very first coding workshop for girls held in Homs, Syria
  • We’re incredibly excited to have won the European Youth Award held in Austria this week, as the overall winners out of 17
  • We’ve had an invitation from Beijing to take Erase All Kittens to China!
  • We’ve had lots of support from awesome people, including Jude Ower, founder of Playmob, Steve O’Hear, tech journalist at TechCrunch, Anjali Ramachandran, co-founder…

Sometimes you do something and it works pretty well — so you do it again, and maybe try and add something to it. Before you know it…

And that’s how we’re feeling about our recent coding workshop in Homs, Syria.

Now, we’re perfectly well aware that many people in Homs have more basic needs than coding, but we’re also very keen that there’s ways to help people build long-term futures. …

Erase All Kittens

The game that teaches children transferable digital skills - designed to inspire girls to code and create! (age 8+)

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