Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside, May 2, 2012
"For the last few months, about 50 girls from Berkeley and Albany have been going up to the Berkeley Lab on Tuesday afternoons. The girls were split into teams and paired with female scientists from the lab who served as mentors. During their workshops, the students not only got a glimpse of what it was like to work in a scientific environment, they learned specific skills, such as how to use Google’s App Inventor and how to write a business plan. Technovation Challenge has seven programs in high schools around the Bay Area, and one each in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, serving a total of 520 girls.
"“I didn’t know much about computer programming and I thought it would be fun to expand my background and try something new,” said Siyao Ma, a sophomore at Albany High."