Sudhiti Naskar, Reno Gazette Journal
Girls don’t do tech is still widely believed. To change that, Microsoft has been organizing the DigiGirlz, a technology camp for teenage girls in Reno for the last eight years. This year, tech companies in the region such as Tesla, Switch, Oracle and others came together as presenters at the camp.
Ninety teenage girls from different parts of Nevada and elsewhere participated in a two-day tech camp at the University of Nevada, Reno.
They coded, created and designed websites, made robots from scratch in 10 minutes, learned about cyber security threats, made friends and had a ball.
“I had so much fun at this camp,” said Magdalena Albright, a Nevada native. “They don’t really tell us, ‘Do this, do that.’ You have to figure things out. In school, it’s more like Photoshop and design. There’s a lot more coding here, which is really fun.”
This year, DigiGirlz added a focus on the arts to their science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, turning STEM into STEAM.
There were social awareness workshops in which the participants listened to the experiences of successful women in tech. The discussions included topics such as time management, leadership, handling stress, pay gap, gender disparity in the tech industry and more.
Whip smart and socially aware, the participants negotiated gender issues as well as coding.
According to Josie Moleta, an incoming freshman at Reno High School and first-timer at the camp, the workshops helped her to realize why she should follow her interest for technology. She said she is now aware that women constitute only about 30 percent of the work force in tech.
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