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News Press Release -Technology Center Offers Girls Summer Tech Camps

BRATTLEBORO, VT - The Marlboro College Technology Center announces its second annual Girls Summer Technology Camps, including a Tech Camp for Middle School Girls July 16-20, and an Internet Tech Leaders Institute For High School Girls July 23-27 2001. The camps will take place at the Marlboro College Technology Center in downtown Brattleboro.

The Tech Camp for Middle School Girls, for girls entering 7th through 9th grades, is designed to give girls confidence and skills to use technology tools in their schools and communities. Participants will learn to create multimedia CD-ROMs and Websites using software such as Dreamweaver and tools such as digital cameras, sound and video equipment, scanners, and state-of-the-art Macintosh and PC computers.

In the Internet Tech Leaders Institute for High School Girls, participants take on the roles of Internet developers and engineers for an online community for girls by girls. The curriculum is designed to accommodate both students with basic computer skills and those who already have Web experience. Girls entering 10th through 12th grades, or those who have completed the Camp for Middle School Girls, may participate in the Institute.

Each camp will cover basics such as browsing on the Internet, creating Webpages, preparing images for the Web, adding audio or video effects to Webpages, working with special Web applications such as Javascript, Flash, and databases; and using Web services and practicing Web safety.

A survey released in January by the University of California at Los Angeles found that although women entering college use computers almost as much as men, they are far less confident about their computer skills than their male peers. Also, while women and girls may be just as capable at computers as their male peers, they are often disenchanted or bored by the Internet culture. The Girls Technology Camps use a supportive all-female environment and fun projects to counter negative perceptions. "The camp was really fun," said Becca Greene Cramer, a participant in last year's camps. "I loved working with all the software and especially the digital cameras, and I've been able to do a lot more on the computers at school this year."

The faculty for the camps are Lucie de la Bruere, Dawn Everett and Christina Smith. De La Bruere and Everett are alumni of The Persons School of Marlboro College Teaching with Internet Technologies master's program, and Smith is a current student in the program. The three have extensive experience in teaching middle school and high school, and have been leaders in raising interest and opportunities for girls in technology. De La Bruere, who is the director of the camps, said "My goal is to create a sense of community amongst girls interested in technology. Special things happen when these girls feel a sense of common interest, and the Internet allows that connection to continue after they leave camp."

According to De La Bruere, "online communities for girls already exist, but my vision is to have girls learn high tech skills so that they can create and maintain their own online community. I'm excited that the Marlboro College Technology Center will become part of this vision."

Both camps run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Enrollment will be limited, so early application is strongly recommended. For more information or an application, call 802-451-7500 or visit the Technology Center online at persons.marlboro.edu.

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