All-girl camp raises interest in science and technology

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 August, 2006, 12:00am

A GROUP OF secondary students discovered the fun of science and mathematics at a week-long summer camp.

The all-girl camp also aimed to promote the role of women in technology. A total of 30 students took part.

Organised by IBM China/Hong Kong, the annual Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EXITE) Camp covered different topics, including internet security and the latest technologies, such as digital broadcasting and intelligent homes.

Participants were selected based on their ability and interest in mathematics and science.

During last week's camp, they took part in problem-solving challenges and an internet robotics soccer

match and had discussions with women IBM role models.

Dominic Tong, general manager of IBM China/Hong Kong, said the company was committed to promoting a work environment that encourages women to excel in technology-related careers.

'The EXITE Camp is one of the many programmes we organise to promote the role of women in technology and boost our workforce,' he said.

'We strongly believe that embracing diversity will help strengthen the pool of skilled technology professionals in Hong Kong and have a positive impact on the city's socio-economic development, as well as on our business.'

More than 1,700 girls, aged 11 to 13, took part in 51 EXITE Camps across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific this year.