For the past three years, IBM has been running a summer camp designed to get girls interested in science and technology, and information technology in particular. This year's IBM Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E) Camp was attended by 36 students between 11 and 13 years old. The participants were from Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. The five-day event, held at Chinese University of Hong Kong, ended on August 9. Camp leader Christine Ng Sook-ming, of the IBM Greater China Group, said the main purpose of the camp was to nurture IT talent among girls. 'Traditionally, more men than women have been engaged in IT,' said Ms Ng, an executive in IBM's Business Transformation and IT section. 'IBM believes in diversity and inclusion, and we'd like to recruit more women.' During the camp, the girls were divided into teams and given various tasks, including solving problems in maths and science. IBM personnel were on hand to talk to the students. They gave a lecture on internet security and online gaming, and talked about careers in IT. This was the first time the camp was open to students outside Hong Kong. Ms Ng said the camp was also an exercise in learning to work together with people of different backgrounds. Liang Ying-yi, 13, from Guangzhou, said she joined the camp because she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of science and technology. 'The camp has given me a lot of insights into science,' Ying-yi said. 'And working with girls from different cities has been a great experience. I've learned something about life in those cities, and I've made new friends.' Doris Yip, 14, from Hong Kong, said the camp was 'very constructive' and opened her eyes to the wide applications of IT. 'I've never imagined that the skills you gain by playing computer games could be used in medical science,' she said. Doris said the camp has inspired her to pursue science in her further studies. Si Nga-lon, 14, from Macau, said the camp taught her a lot about science that she cannot learn from textbooks.