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Blog // Connect Michigan

Young Women Enhance Skills at Michigan Tech’s Women in Computer Science Summer Program

By Wil Payton

Nineteen female high school students recently spent time learning Girls at the computerabout apps at Michigan Technical University’s Women in Computer Science summer program. The girls won scholarships to the competitive program sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

The company has a satellite information technology office located in the MTEC SmartZone, a business incubator in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

The girls had the opportunity to interact with other women role models in the Michigan Tech community, which included current students, alumni, and educators. They studied several facets of computer science including programming, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, visualization, networks, and security. Their classroom instruction was augmented by hands-on projects where they developed their own mobile apps.

Below is an excerpt from a Michigan Tech News article on the program:

"For many years I have been interested in finding ways to encourage young women to pursue computing as a career,” said Linda Ott, professor and former chair of computer science and head of the Pacesetters program at Michigan Tech. "There are so many exciting career opportunities for those in computing.” 

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