From The Brampton News: DigiGirlz Day


Peel students to participate in Microsoft Canada's DigiGirlz Day

Peel - Microsoft Canada is hosting its first DigiGirlz Day on Feb. 20, 2008 for 50 female grade 7 and 8 Peel students. The DigiGirlz program is a new experiential learning opportunity designed to provide young women with opportunities to learn about careers in technology.

"With technology being such an important part of today's world, it's great to see Microsoft giving young women the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology," says Sumble Kaukab, instructional co-ordinator, science and technology for the Peel District School Board.

DigiGirlz Day is designed to spark imagination and introduce female students to technology-oriented opportunities they may not have considered as potential career paths. The day's activities will include a keynote presentation by Phil Sorgen, president of Microsoft Canada, interactive breakout sessions, hands-on computer workshops and time to speak with Microsoft employees about their experiences.

This experiential learning opportunity aligns with the Peel board's Making My Way – Success for All Students initiative and supports the goals of a comprehensive grade 7 and 8 guidance and career education program. The schools participating in this program are Allan A. Martin Senior Public School, Calderstone Middle School, Ruth Thompson Middle School and William G. Davis Senior Public School.

The event is free of change for students who attend and is funded by Microsoft Canada. The program will be held at Microsoft Canada's Mississauga office, which is located at 1950 Meadowvale Blvd.

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