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