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Etoys at HP's Tech Camp 2004

Dozens of girls from Costano Elementary School in East Palo Alto, and Adelante Magnet School in Redwood City recently partipated in a week-long "Tech Camp" hosted by volunteers at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California.

In 2003 HP Labs instituted a policy to encourage underrepresented populations of young women to consider pursuing careers in science and technology. To that end, they began to sponsor an annual "Tech Camp" dedicated at 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls.

San Francisco Chronicle Article

This summer, Camp was held the last week of June at HP Labs. HP volunteers put together a fantastic week full of hands-on activities and field trips.

One of the workshops was an introduction to creating Etoys led by Kim Rose (HP Labs and Viewpoints Research Institute), Chuck Untulis (HP Labs), and Scott Wallace (Viewpoints Research Institute). The girls were lent wireless laptops for the week so they could continue to explore and create on their own as well as keep a journal of their activities and thoughts throughout the week.

Since Tech Camp both participating schools have expressed interest in introducing Squeak to their faculty and students next fall.

We are aware of similiar "Camps" being conducted this summer which are including Squeak. Please share your stories and pictures with the Squeakland community. It would be great to learn who else is constructing similiar activities, workshops, and exploratory play and to learn from your experiences.

If you are willing to share, please send your brief story and pictures to kim.rose@squeakland.org.

We hope you're enjoying the summer and....
keep on Squeaking!