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Megabytes the Buzz at Summer Camps for GirlsAired July 4, 2000 - 2:47 p.m. ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Never mind mosquito bites, megabytes are the buzz this year at a number of summer camps.
From northern California, CNN's Don Knapp reports on the pioneers at computer camp for teenage girls.
DON KNAPP, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Before the week is out, these girls will be swimming and kick-boxing and doing the other fun stuff at summer camp here at San Jose State, activities designed by camp sponsors to generate excitement for camp basics, like typing, e-mails, spreadsheets and programming computers.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We'll have regular class over here. And if you're in the license class, you'll still be over there.
KNAPP: Not that girls aren't already interested in computers: 16-year-old Yosun Chang has her own Web-design business.
YOSUN CHANG, COMPUTER CAMPER: Because of my techie skills, I kind of got into the group because of that. So I guess I'm a techie girl.
KNAPP: But most of these girls have only just begun to get involved in technology.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Like, to get that variable into your program, use the "input" command and then a variable name.
KNAPP: The Garnett Foundation sponsors eight all-girl computer camps at universities across the United States. The software company foundation is paying the tab for 335 teenage girls to promote their interest in technology.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What do I want to learn? Whatever they're willing to teach me.
KNAPP: Girls learn as fast as boy, says camp Director Rene Sorensen, but they learn differently.
RENE SORENSEN, COMPUTER CAMP DIRECTOR: When it's game time, they want their own computers -- the boys, they want their own computers. But the girls, they tend to want to get together and they want to go research stuff, check their e-mails and things like that.
NIKKI WILLIAMS, ACE COMPUTER CAMPS: I think boys have the mentality they can sit in front of a computer screen all day. I think girls are more interactive. I do. I think that they like to talk to each other.
KNAPP (on camera): Are you saying girls are more intelligent than boys?
WILLIAMS: Well, I don't know about that, but I think they like to do things more together, and I think that that -- the computer doesn't always allow that.
TALI ILAGI, COMPUTER CAMPER: Boys, they think they're all that sometimes.
KNAPP (voice-over): Some girls find it easier to learn technology if there's less chemistry in the room.
ANGELA REYNOSA, COMPUTER CAMPER: I think it's keeping all the girls, like, more focussed. You know, with boys around they tend to flirt. That's just the way, you know, life is.
KNAPP: No boys, no grades, no pressure, just a chance to learn technology and maybe have some fun.
Don Knapp, CNN, San Jose, California.
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