FIRST Robotics – Helping to Promote Science, Technology and Engineering

I spent last Thursday through Saturday at the FIRST Robotics Championship in Atlanta GA. It was a very exciting time. I am totally convinced that some of the smartest most creative kids in the world are involved in FIRST. I manned a booth for the first two days and talked to several hundred students, parents,…


Child Labor AKA Summer Jobs for HS Geeks

It’s spring and as we all know when spring comes young people get one thing on their minds – where are they going to work for the summer. OK maybe that is not at the forefront of every student’s mind. There are some who want to take the summer off and party. Others will wait…

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Girls Will Be Girls

Girls Will Be Girls subtitled “good thing” is on a poster in the office of Microsoft Corporate Vice President Debra Chrapaty who was recently interviewed for Channel 9. This is one of the 37 interviews  in Channel 9’s Women in Technology series. This is a fun interesting interview with a woman who has graced the…


DigiGirlz – Getting Girls Interested in Science and Technology

DigiGirlz is an outreach program run by people at Microsoft who are specifically interested in getting more young women interested in Information Technology. Recently the New England Cable News channel reported on a DigiGirlz event at the Microsoft Technology Center in Waltham Massachusetts. BTW not all of Microsoft’s US operations are in Washington State. Microsoft…

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National Engineers Week

This year National Engineers Week (in the US at least) is February 18 through the 24th. There is some good information about engineering as a career at that web site including the following links: Discover Engineering OnlineIntroduce a Girl to EngineeringThe Sightseer’s Guide to Engineering It’s nice to know that there is a week to…

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Creating Your Own K-12 Outreach Program

Over at the NCWIT blog I see that there is going to be a workshop for people at colleges and universities who want to start a K-12 Outreach program at SIGCSE 2007 . The people running the workshop have some  serious experience creating and running a successful K-12 outreach program at the University of Indiana. I…


Top 10 Girl Geeks?

OK this list is a little controversial and rightly so. Including Lisa Simpson and Paris Hilton on a list that includes such people as Grace Hopper (my personal hero) and Marie Curie (two time winner of the Nobel Prize) is really insulting. Oh sure Lisa is a geek but she is a cartoon character. Some…

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DigiGirz – a technology experience for girls

Over at the Technical Careers @ Microsoft blog Priya writes about the DigiGirlz camp that Microsoft sponsored last summer and will again this coming summer. Besides the camp at Redmond, where some very high level women executives spoke to the girls, they will be running camps in North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas. I’ll bet most people…


Florida Girls Get IT

The latest edition of the CSTA Voice (Yes, I read it cover to cover every time it comes in and so should you if you are a high school computer science teacher – or teach CS to younger grades) included a link to a program called Girls Get Information Technology that is being run in…