Microsoft opened its doors to a group of bright, motivated young women to show them that a career in the high-tech industry is within their reach.
For three days last week the company hosted DigiGirlz High Tech Camp, introducing the girls to the newest technical innovations and letting them develop new products.
Don’t think the campers just sat around fixing computers. They all got the chance to speak with execs at Microsoft, and they worked in teams to create a video game for the Xbox 360 using Kodu. It’s a program that sharpens a players logic, problem-solving and creative thinking skills while developing their own games.
"I’ve always been interested in technology," said Nnenna Onwukwe, a Washington, D.C., high school freshman. "Being here at the camp and working with Kodu really gives me the chance to see what it could be like to have a career in technology."
At the end of the camp five teams presented their game to a panel that judged the finished products on several criteria, including creativity, quality and fun. In the end, the team who created “Yo Tennis Fever” took home the top prize, and for their efforts the members were awarded a trip to meet women’s tennis star Billie Jean King.
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