Monday, June 12, 2006

Math Monday: IBM Lends A Helping Hand

Big Blue is sponsoring a series of "math camps" this summer to help keep North Carolina middle school kids interested in math and things mathematical:
IBM is hosting a week-long camp at its Research Triangle Park location to inspire middle-school girls to make a difference in the world through math, science and technology.

The company is conducting more than 50 EX.I.T.E. (Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering) Camps around the world with the RTP camp beginning on June 12.

During the camp, a diverse group of 11 – 13 year old girls will have the chance to work hand-in-hand with IBM volunteers on a variety of different activities that are designed to foster team building skills, as well as polish their math, science and technology skills in a fun, exciting way. The girls will also get to tour key areas of IBM so they can see firsthand how technology is used in the real world -- from grocery stores to the healthcare industry.

Some of the activities will allow the girls to build a robotic car out of Legos, make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a “virtual” robot, program a Web site, better understand air pressure, as well as learn the dynamics associated with building a bridge, just to name a few.

“This type of camp helps nurture a young girl’s interest in science, math and technology at a pivotal point in their education,” said Cheryl Robinson, IBM Diversity Program Manager. “Young girls leave this camp understanding that technology can be fun and, more importantly, realizing the array of career opportunities available to them in this space.”

Similar events will take place over the summer from Atlanta to Shanghai. IBM will host an IGNITE camp for Triangle boys to help foster their interest in science, math and technology in July 2006.
I seem to remember that there was a time when just about everyone thought that International Business Machines was destined to dominate computers and things computed.

Didn't happen.
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