North African and Middle Eastern Tech-Savvy Girls Visit the US

Twenty-seven North African and Middle-Eastern tech-savvy girls had a great time in Washington, DC and Blacksburg, Virginia as they proved that girls can be great at Math and Science. These 15-17 year old girls had the chance to work with some of the leaders in technology in American and other teenagers from the US while attending the Tech-Girls Exchange Program.

The U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for professional and cultural exchanges, Mara Tekach, says that the aim of the program is to empower girls that are interested in math, science, engineering and technology fields. The program helps them create networks and develop skills that they can take home with them, and in turn, influence others.

Once home, the girls are encouraged to start their own projects, based on what they have learned at the camp. Some of them will be teaching others what they have learned while others are looking forward to expanding on the knowledge they have acquired.

According to the American Association of University Women, there are still significantly more men than women in fields like engineering and computers – from 3:1 and even higher for some fields. In the Middle East and North Africa, the numbers are very similar.


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