The worldwide shortage of technical talent - along with the ever-decreasing number of women entering technology and engineering fields - are critical issues today," said Jacelyn Swenson, IBM EXITE Camp program manager and a member of IBM's Women in Technology team.
Interliant is extremely pleased to host enabling technology for the IBM EXITE program, which encourages young women to share ideas with one another.
and nearly two dozen in Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific will have the opportunity to build hand-powered flashlights and fire extinguishers, direct and produce their own movies using digital equipment, explore weather-related technology and conduct forensic experiments as part of the EXITE curriculum.
Starting this week, more than 1,000 girls like Thea will be participating in one of IBM's camps called Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering, or EXITE for short.
It was at the EXITE camp that I learned how cool science could be," said Katie Dreeland who attended an EXITE camp in Tucson last year.
eTapestry EspaSol was developed to meet the unique needs of nonprofits in Latin America," said Arturo Soto, EXITE
Launched in 1999, EXITE Camps are an extension of IBM's commitment to reach groups that are under-represented in the technical workforce and to train and recruit individuals from those constituencies for technical careers.
Through its EXITE Camps, IBM hopes that by identifying 12- and 13-year-old-girls with an interest or proficiency in math and science, it can prepare members of the next generation to fill the technical pipeline by introducing them to the potential of technology as well as the fun and exciting things they can do with it right now, and exposing them to women who have successful technology careers.
More than 1,000 IBMers, female and male, will participate in the EXITE camps as volunteers -- developing, coordinating and overseeing such activities as web-page design, computer chip design, laser optics, animation, robotics, and working with computer hardware and software.