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An Audio Exploration of the National Effort to Increase the Role of Women with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
TechGirlz is a weeklong summer camp at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, NY, for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The camp uses hands-on activities to make science, technology, engineering, and math subjects fun and interesting. Students use high-tech lab equipment to solve problems, learn the basics of web design, dig in a small scale archeological dig site, and visit an amusement park to learn about roller coaster engineering. Many girls say their favorite experience is building a personal computer to take home.
To hear more from a TechGirlz instructor, listen to the Part 2 story, Dr. Angela Lee Foreman.
For more information about the TechGirlz program, please visit www.rit.edu/ntid/techgirlz/.
Featured in this story: TechGirlz participants Krystyna Hurd, Ashley Nemier, Marisa Francis, Stefani Bignell, Esmeralda Najera, Jenilee Marques, Nikolya Sereda, and Caroline Lomnitzer; parents of TechGirlz participants, Beth Lomnitzer, and Ken Hurd; TechGirlz instructors James Mallory, Elissa Olsen, and Dr. Angela Lee Foreman; Mark Sommer, Director of Pre-College Outreach at NTID; and Michael Mantione, Amusement Park Manager.
Photos provided by RIT/NTID.