For Immediate Release
Contact: Donna Pianka, iD Tech Camps
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iD Tech Camps Gets Girls Interested in Technology
In today's ever-evolving world of technology, it may seem that girls have taken a backseat to boys. While the market is tailored more toward boys, girls are just as capable as boys when it comes to learning new concepts-however they sometimes lack encouragement from inspirational role models and miss opportunities that are tailored to their interests.
In recent research published in the journal Science, it was revealed that parents and teachers consistently believe boys are better at math and technology and this "keeps girls and women out of a lot of careers, particularly high-prestige, lucrative careers in science and technology," said Janet Hyde, the University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who led the study.
The study went on to conclude that things are changing, albeit slowly. Forty-eight percent of undergraduate college degrees in math are now earned by women, but they still lag far behind in physics and engineering. Educators across the nation are working to combat this issue by introducing girls to technology at a younger age with programs designed more towards their interests. Paving the way in the summer camp industry is iD Tech Camps, the largest summer technology camp in the nation.
iD Tech Camps is serious about fostering a love of science and technology through an updated and diverse curriculum that is designed for girls' tastes and interests as well as boys.
Mary Ann S. (Parent, iD Tech Camps-Emory University) wanted her daughter to discover whether she liked programming to determine a specific direction with her college major. "We searched very deeply for the right summer camp-she almost went to another, but I'm glad she didn't," stated Mary Ann. "She learned a lot at iD Tech Camps and this gave her the confidence she needed in programming without having to worry about a grade or being intimidated in the classroom." Mary Ann added that her daughter has been accepted to Auburn University and is going to major in Engineering and Computer Science. iD Tech Camps helped her decide this would be her career focus!
"Engaging more girls in technology is a priority so we've introduced courses targeted towards girls which show through hands-on projects that a hobby can be turned into a potential career," said Karen Thurm Safran, VP of Marketing. "For example, in our Graphic Arts course, girls that like fashion can use Photoshop® and Illustrator® to create designs for logos, fashion apparel and merchandise labels."
At iD Tech Camps, girls can choose from a variety of courses, including graphic design, filmmaking, web design, video game design, programming, robotics and more. Being located at sixty prestigious university campuses doesn't hurt either. While students learn more about their topic of interest, they have the unique opportunity to explore the college campus of their choice by eating in dining halls, taking tours and even staying overnight in actual college dorms. Locations include such prestigious schools as Stanford University, UCLA, NYU, Berkeley, MIT, Emory & more!
No matter which summer computer camp courses or programs girls decide to enroll in, with close to 50% of iD's staff being women-including the company's co-founders, Alexa Ingram-Cauchi and her mother, Kathryn Ingram-girls are taught by professional staff who are leaders in their respective fields, as well as role models. This stellar team brings out the best in each student.
As many parents like Mary Ann have said, at iD Tech Camps girls are given a chance to explore their interests in technology in an open and creative environment that fosters a love of learning combined with encouragement and positive social interaction. This is one small but integral step in welcoming girls further into the world of technology.