Family Day at Macquarie

Last Friday, the Macquarie Group celebrated Family Day with an inaugural littleBits event held at their Singapore office. This event was organized together with Women in COG Tech Asia ENG group during Foundation Week 2017. Around 40 employees in Singapore office from different business groups signed up for the littleBits Family Day to bring their children / nieces / nephews to participate in the workshop.

Kicking off the event and getting the kids warmed up and ready to make!

Kicking off the event and getting the kids warmed up and ready to make!

Volunteers representing different business divisions – Joe Fernley, Lee Kiang Koh, Edward Lai from COG Technology, Wee Ming Tan, Cheryn Kang from Macquarie Capital and Kian Keong Soon, Jeremy Tan from Commodities and Global Markets volunteered to organize the workshop. Thank you for your invaluable time to make this happen!

Taking a look at the multitude of possible products they can create using littleBits in conjunction with other electronic components and handicraft.

Taking a look at the multitude of possible products they can create using littleBits in conjunction with other electronic components and handicraft.

The objective of this workshop conducted by Tinkercademy was to get the children excited about being inventors, problem solvers, creative, and most importantly to be excited about STEM. The Women in COG Tech Asia ENG group and 21C Girls hoped that the girls, especially, will be engaged by creative process of building their tech product, and stir their interest in STEM industries.

Little Storm Troopers all geared up and ready for their Droid race.

Little Storm Troopers all geared up and ready for their Droid race.

The children customized and designed their own version and look of Droid / R2-D2 unit from littleBits. The older participants used the Swift Playgrounds (an iPad app that makes getting started both fun and interactive) and programmed their droids using code (written in Swift, the same industry-standard language used in the development of iOS apps). To keep things exciting, there were droid races for participants to race their newly completed droids! Races will be timed and winners received prizes. There was also a lucky draw for 4 lucky winners who walked away that day with either an Arudino set or a micro:bit kit.

Happy participants with their completed Droid unit at the end of the day.

Happy participants with their completed Droid unit at the end of the day.

Macquarie Group has raised more than $32,000 through this event for 21C Girls. We would like to extend our appreciation to Andrew Downe for sponsoring a portion of the registration costs, Uma Bhut and D&I ENG group for the F&B and Simon Gregory-Roberts for hosting the event. Lastly, Macquarie foundation for providing the matching for the total funds raised.
The proceeds raised will allow 21C Girls to launch new programs, such as the creation and delivery of new FinTech courses free to the students in various education institutions.