Microsoft Offers Free Technology Camp For Girls

On Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2, Microsoft Licensing will be hosting its 4th Annual DigiGirlz Day, a free technology day camp for 12-18 year-old young women.

The goal of the camp is to educate and inspire young females to learn more about the vast opportunities and career choices available to them in the high-tech industry.

Since its inception in 2000, Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Technology Programs have provided free technology education and interactive experiences to more than 19,000 young women around the world. DigiGirlz events have been held in more than 50 locations worldwide, one of which is held right here Reno!

The Microsoft DigiGirlz Programs have proven to be an invaluable tool for getting young girls excited about technology. As an August 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce found, women are still vastly underrepresented in our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce holding less than 25 percent of STEM jobs.

The lack of female role models and gender stereotyping were two possible factors contributing to this discrepancy.

The camp gives girls the opportunity to participate in hands-on computing activities, as well as hear from working women who have broken the mold and achieved successful careers in the technology industry. Through this event, Microsoft aims to educate and inspire the next generation of women IT leaders by introducing them to the considerable opportunities and career choices available

This year’s event is expected to be the BIGGEST DigiGirlz Event yet, hosting 250 girls - serving middle school girls (ages 12-14) on Thursday, August 1 and high school girls (ages 15-18), Friday, August 2.

The event will take place on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno at the College of Business.

Space is limited. Registration is open now through July 26 at www.mslicense.com/DigiGirlz.


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