I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality
When the Clash sang about being lost in the supermarket and growing up behind hedges over which they never could see they probably meant that there are kids whose backgrounds hinder them from seeing the bigger picture. I don’t think that any of the kids in the Swedish GIGS-group can claim that their backgrounds make up any obstacles in their lives, rather the opposite. Still, sometimes you need to stretch out and take a look at what’s on offer on the other side.
Last Friday we were at a visit to the company I3tex in Gothenburg. The visit was arranged as a part of the IGEday (Introducing Girls to Engineering). And this was surely an inspiring introduction. It started out rather modest, the girls from Sandared were rather quiet and withdrawn, but after the presentations from the young engineers and a snack in the lobby they really warmed to it in the work shop afterwards. The task was to create (or at least come up with an idea for) an assisting tool or application to a mobile phone. The group I overheard at first claimed that everything they needed already was invented, but after being positively pushed with ”nothing is impossible” and ”no idea is stupid” they soon started thinking about battery time and solutions for transferring battery power from one phone to another. The positive feedback from the engineers made the group even more enthusiastic.
The visit is further documented at http://www.i3tex.com/igeday-fler-tjejer-branschen/ and more details about the IGEday project can be found there.
I'm all tuned in, I see all the programs
I save coupons from packets of tea
I've got my giant hit discotheque album
I empty a bottle and I feel a bit free
For the Clash, the hedges and obstacles seem impossible to overcome. It is probably something you have to face if you are born where you are. For the eight students from Sweden I think that visits like these and a project like GIGS is ladder that enables you to see over the hedge and realize that there is actually something else on offer there. Anything is possible.
The pictures here are used with kind permission from the photographer Karin Fjaervoll Karin.Fjaervoll@i3tex.com