Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Day helps girls tackle tech

During DigiGirlz Day at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) site in Cambridge, Mass., 177 high school girls recently programmed miniature robots, made musical Play-Doh, learned about internet safety, and discovered how architects used math to gut two floors of the research center without compromising the building’s structural integrity. The day’s activities were part of 25 free one-day events happening around the world, designed to keep girls interested in science and math, reports Mass High Tech. "We just don’t have young girls going into technology," said Jennifer Tour Chayes, NERD’s managing director. "The perception of technology is that it is not creative." In a society that discourages females in technology, said Chayes, many girls are missing out on great careers. The industry is also missing out on fantastic technology, she said. Science is losing girls in their early teens, said Chayes. The reason, she said, is that science is not considered attractive. She was teased when she was 12 years old for being good at math, and now says that same type of social response is still going on…

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