Oracle4Girls in action: Unleashing programming magic for young women in Bilbao, Spain

November 16, 2023 | 2 minute read
Jane Richardson
Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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Excitement filled the air as Oracle Academy once again took part in the Oracle4Girls workshop, this time held in the vibrant city of Bilbao. The workshop, tailored for girls ages 9-12 years, highlighted the wonders of programming through the engaging Alice3 purple route, providing a platform for young minds to explore the limitless possibilities of technology.

The day kicked off with a sense of anticipation, with girls eagerly awaiting the chance to immerse themselves in the world of programming. The focus of this workshop was on digital creativity, and the girls were introduced to the “MyFirstMethod” basic steps, setting the stage for building their own scenarios thanks to fun and engaging drag-and-drop coding methods.

Girls participating in the workshop embraced the opportunity with enthusiasm and constructed unique and captivating scenes using innovative ideas. Surprisingly, some of the girls already possessed a basic understanding of programming, which added an extra layer of excitement as they developed advanced interactions within the Alice3 program.

Maria Carrasco, Oracle Academy Program Manager for Spain, was one of the guides for the Bilbao workshop, her second experience with the Oracle4Girls initiative.

She stated:

“The joy and rewards it brings to be part of this workshop are immeasurable. Beyond the technical skills acquired by the girls, the workshop serves as a unique platform for mutual learning. The girls, in their exploration of coding, not only absorb knowledge but also become teachers themselves, providing insights into their thought processes and perspectives,” she said. “With diverse separate groups depending on their ages, these enthusiastic minds not only delved into the coding world but also shared their experiences with other participants from different laboratories taking place at the same time. During meal breaks, we had the opportunity to hear their comments on each workshop, showcasing the joy and curiosity they found in the wide range of activities.”

“It is truly remarkable to see how these young girls approach problem-solving, express their ideas, and collaborate with their peers,” she said. “The Oracle4Girls workshop goes beyond teaching coding; it fosters a supportive environment that encourages teamwork, communication, and the development of critical thinking skills—essential attributes for success in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.”


Oracle Academy is delighted to be part of this great event and with each educational initiative delivered to young women, we are more convinced that the Oracle4Girls initiative is more than just a workshop; it is a journey of empowerment and inspiration for all involved.


Link to publication: Talleres presenciales Bilbao - Oracle4Girls (

Jane Richardson

Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA

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