Technology Summer Camps For Girls

from the seems-like-a-trend dept

It’s no secret that technology is a heavily male-dominated industry. There have been plenty of studies done, saying that girls don’t have the same interest in math or science – though, the reasons for this are debated. It appears that a variety of programs are showing up to combat this, and apparently, it’s becoming popular to create special “technology summer camps” for girls. Here are two completely unrelated articles, both about different such camps. The first one is about a computer camp for girls in Nebraska. It’s a free one week program to get them interested in computers and engineering. They’ll learn how to do some programming, as well as build things with Legos (the building block that many techies credit with getting them interested in technology in the first place). Over here on the west coast, Sally Ride, the first US woman in space, is running her own Sally Ride Science Camp at Stanford. It’s also just for girls, from the 6th through the 8th grade, but will focus on astronomy, bioengineering, and structural engineering. It will be interesting to see if, years from now, women credit these sorts of programs with building their interest in science and technology.

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Anonymous Coward says:

IT is steering itself toward girls

IT has run out of room to grow in conventional fields, so now it is growing in the direction of biological or medical applications. Biology and health sciences have a good representation of women; in fact, for the first time in history, there are more women entering U.S. medical schools this year (51%) than men.

In such circumstances, the biologists or medical researchers will take most of the credit for new inventions, while IT will play a back stage, second-class-citizen role. So women need fear nothing.

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