We were shocked this week when we read a BBC report about the gender gap in engineering - a mere 8% of engineers in the UK are female. This did not reflect our experiences of the hundreds of enthusiastic, talented and tech-savvy girls we've welcomed to Fire Tech Camp over the past few years so we thought we'd dig a little deeper to find out how we compare.
I know the statistics - that only 7% of Computing A-level students last year were girls, and that women in UK technology jobs is on a downward trend, currently at 17%. But it has always seemed strange to me. I was from a fairly techie family and we were three daughters competing for time on the TRS-80 III computer and high-powered cassette tape drive. My older sister was the one who showed me the intrigue of the .alt groups - some kind of mysterious tech underworld - when I was a teenager.