University to host Digital Mirror computer camp for girls

From Aug. 8-11, BGSU will host “The Digital Mirror,” a computer camp for girls in grades 6-8. The three-day camp is intended to pique girls' interest and confidence in digital literacy at a critical age developmentally, and allow them to explore the ways they define themselves within technological environments.

Through a blend of hands-on computer lab work in Web writing and design, digital imaging, and video and audio editing; mentoring by University women involved in careers in technology across campus, and access to the resources of COSI Toledo, the camp strives to engage girls in an exploration of how technology is a vital part of their academic and professional careers.

Participants will stay in campus residence halls to enhance the intensive mentoring and training environment.

“This is an excellent opportunity for community engagement on the part of women faculty, students and staff,” according to Dr. Kristine Blair, chair of the English department and co-developer and director of the camp. “A number of research studies, including those by the AAUW (American Association of University Women), suggest that it is during early adolescence that girls begin receiving cultural messages that technology is not for them.

“It is wonderful that we have so much campus and community support, with over 20 girls signed up to participate from schools in both Wood and Lucas counties,” she added. “We’ve also had supply donations from Atomic Learning, Verizon, the University of Findlay’s Teaching, Learning and Technology Center, and our University Bookstore.” While this is the first summer for the camp, plans are already under way to make it an annual event at BGSU, she said.

The camp is sponsored by a number of campus units, including the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, the Graduate College, the Office of the Executive Vice President, the School of Art, the Student Technology Center and the Department of English. In addition, the camp has received support from the AAUW and COSI Toledo.

For more details, contact Kristine Blair at 2-7540, or

July 30, 2007