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Girls experience technology careers up close and personal

Jazzmin Brooks and Dafina Bobo studied a panel of wires as an instructor guided them through how to disconnect and reconnect a computer's hard drive at Microsoft's DigiGirlz camp at their Fargo, ND campus June 12-14. The two middle school students from Minneapolis are among 107 girls gathered at Microsoft this week for a camp where company executives will hope to teach girls there is more to the computer industry than surfing the Web, instant messaging friends or typing book reports on a PC. Jazzmin Brooks and Dafina Bobo studied a panel of wires as an instructor guided them through how to disconnect and reconnect a computer's hard drive at Microsoft's DigiGirlz camp at their Fargo, ND campus June 12-14. The two middle school students from Minneapolis are among 107 girls gathered at Microsoft this week for a camp where company executives will hope to teach girls there is more to the computer industry than surfing the Web, instant messaging friends or typing book reports on a PC.

The free technology camp has teenagers from seven states in grades eight through ten attend sessions on computer hardware and software, programming and Web site construction, Internet safety, resume building, leadership and career opportunities. The camp ends with an opportunity for girls to shadow Microsoft employees and executives. Participants leave DigiGirlz camp with more than new knowledge. Microsoft gives each camper about $1,000 worth of software and products so they can continue practicing at home.

Dafina Bobo, an entering freshman at Blake, said, "I learned about thinking outside the box, which is so important in the competitive world of college admissions. I am interested in studying International Business and foreign language in college. It was great observing female executives; it allowed me the opportunity to understand leadership styles and qualities a person needs in order to run a successful organization. I had the opportunity to shadow executives and learn what it takes to reach a leadership position in a Fortune 500 company. Most of all I would like other girls of color to experience this camp, to learn about technology careers and roles of women in leadership positions in the technology industry."

Jazzmin Brooks, also an entering freshman at Trinity School at River Ridge, received DigiGirlz' "Hardest Working Student" award. Jazzmin received this award because she did not completely grasp each task initially, but she was hardworking and enthusiastic about each module.

Jazzmin recalls, "The camp was exciting and I learned about important skills needed to pursue careers in the technology industry. I am interested in studying chemistry and anthropology in college and I learned new ways that I can use technology in future career choices, [such as] the study of certain cultures' usage of technology, and how different chemistry concepts can promote more environmentally-conscious materials used to make high-tech gadgets."

For information about DigiGirlz visit:
http://www.microsoft.com/about/diversity/programs/camps.mspx. Toll free phone: 1888-842-856; Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

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