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Targeted support for young women: Review of BayernMentoring

Every year, the team of women’s representatives at Hof University of Applied Sciences offers the “BayernMentoring” project for female students. This is a support program specifically for young women primarily in STEM fields of study and careers (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology). At the heart of the program is the personal mentoring partnership: a mentor (experienced person) passes on her experience and knowledge to a mentee (inexperienced person) and advises, accompanies and supports her in her professional and personal development.

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The annual program consists of several different events. Among them are the introductory event with special guests, get-to-know-you evenings, regulars’ table meetings or interesting workshops for the later career. Usually, at least one bowling evening is also part of the standard ritual with the participants. This year, however, the organizing team was faced with a major challenge. They were forced to switch to online events without compromising the quality of the program. Here is a short review:

Successful quiz evenings

To adequately replace the nice regulars’ table and bowling evenings, online quizzes were created in Miro, in which several teams could compete against each other.

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In the first quiz the participants could collect points on 3 different game levels. At the beginning, the teams could each choose a category and then answer the question together with their teammates. Depending on the difficulty of the question, the team was awarded a corresponding number of points. In the next part, the focus was on speed: all participants were able to guess previously edited pictures and songs via an online buzzer and thus secure additional points for their team.

In the last part, the final, the teams had to solve a difficult crossword puzzle in individual break-out sessions. The more points the teams had earned by this point, the more letters were unlocked. The team with the most correctly solved terms was able to win the quiz in the end and thus won an online escape room as a prize from the Women’s Representative.

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Since the quiz was very well received, a second quiz evening was organized. Here the teams flew virtually through space and could travel to different planets. Each of these planets represented its own category and was again equipped with exciting questions. The teams had to coordinate well which route to take through space and how best to use their jokers

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Through a lot of positive feedback, it quickly became clear what fun the participants had at the event. They were able to get to know each other better through play and even learn something in the process.

Information about next program year

The BayernMentoring year is now almost over and the last program item is the closing event. However, a new round of the program will start next semester – hopefully with more classroom events.

If you are interested in the program, you can find more information here.

Jan Schilling

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