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All girls, all tech


Photo: Shannon Spencer

Via Hillsboro Tribune:

The future of technology is bright ... pink.

For two weeks this month, Hillsboro High School’s computer and technology labs were filled with eager girls — all wearing bright pink T-shirts and delving into computer programming, robotics and everything high-tech.

It was the fifth year of the summer Girls Get IT (Innovative Technology) camp, founded in 2011 by Savannah Loberger, who at the time was a student at Hillsboro High. She designed and organized the camp as her Girl Scouts Gold Award project, the scouting organization’s highest award.

The week-long, half-day camps for girls in grades 7 to 12 were intended to introduce girls to computers, engineering and robotics, familiarizing them with the tools and lingo of the trade — all in a low-pressure, supportive and positive learning environment.

From computer programming to video game designing to 3-D printing and baking — all of the camp’s activities focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.

The idea took off, and a second week was added the second year of the camp.

Five years down the road, the camp is still going strong, bigger and better than ever, with 40 girls attending each of the two sessions of camp.

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