DigiGirlz Camp returns to UNR

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Microsoft Reno is hosting its 8th annual DigiGirlz Camp at UNR over the next two days. It's geared toward young women interested in high-tech and STEM careers.

"We want to inspire them, we want them to think about STEM education and open their eyes to the opportunities that are out there," said David Taylor, Community Relations Manager for Microsoft Reno.

It's Emily Hess's first year at the camp. She's a freshman at the Coral Academy of Science.

"I want to be an actress when I grow up and I'm interested in computer science for animating movies," she said. "I wanted to learn more about computer science and how ladies are moving more into technology."

More than a hundred young women from all over the region signed up for this year's camp. They're learning from experts in their fields - everything from coding and robotics to graphic design and entrepreneurship The goal is to get more women interested in tech careers.

"It allows girls to get more involved in the STEM and science-based studies," said Michael Heath, a board member of the Discovery Museum. "We want to increase the amount of women involved in computer-based sciences."

It's a free program that's grown over the past eight years, in part, thanks to community partnerships.

Microsoft kicked things off with a $15 thousand donation to the Discovery Museum.

"We have a Microsoft STEM lab there and this is to continue to support that lab by adding some fiber optics," Taylor said. "It's going to give them the opportunity to serve more kids in our community."