WGBH, ACM Celebrate Dot Diva Launch to Reshape Image of Computing for High School Girls

September 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm 1 comment

The Dot Diva website launches today. It’s pretty interesting, showing how computing connects to a wide range of students’ passions.

The WGBH Educational Foundation and ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) together with NCWIT (the National Center for Women & Information Technology) have invited hundreds of female students from all over Massachusetts on Monday, September 27, to celebrate the launch of Dot Diva, a new initiative to create a positive image of computing for high school girls.  The event, at Microsoft New England Research & Development, includes an interactive fashion show, high tech music demos, an artbotics art installation, and local college Fair.  The Dot Diva initiative, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation NSF, is intended to increase the number of college-bound girls who recognize the power and potential of computing and computer science to achieve fulfilling career opportunities.  “Our aim is to show these young women that computing is creative, collaborative, and changing the world,” said Julie Benyo, Director of Educational Outreach at WGBH.  “Dot Diva enables us to offer young women a realistic view of computing that gives women the power to create and discover new things. It represents a two-year effort to create a “communications makeover” using extensive research and testing of messages that appeal to college-bound female students.”

via WGBH, ACM Celebrate Dot Diva Launch to Reshape Image of Computing for High School Girls — Association for Computing Machinery.

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