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Technology camp seeks to empower girls

Internal Drive, a California-based company, debuted its iD Tech Outreach Program at Princeton this summer, and Maria Klawe, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, participated as a mentor.

The iD Tech camps are intended to provide technological resources and assistance to girls, minorities, and diverse underrepresented communities.

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Maria Klawe, center, participated in the inaugural iD Tech Outreach Program in Princeton this summer.

Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

"Our philosophy integrates the idea of social responsibility with high academic standards and technology, while addressing different social issues of women in technology," said Dee Derr-Daugherty, director of the Princeton iD Tech Camp.

Participants created a digital video documentary and Websites that explored the experiences, expectations, challenges, and successes of being female in technology. The end result was media that will be used by various nonprofit and community organizations to encourage girls to participate in fields such as programming, graphic design, Web development, and digital video.

"I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for young women from this area to have a chance to work on Web design and film creation," Dean Klawe said. "I was delighted to meet with the girls and was engaged by their enthusiasm. There are so many great careers in information technology, and I am glad to see young women getting involved."

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