Science & Technology at 49ers Academy, East Palo Alto

Gilda Garreton,
Valerie Fenwick, and I were
invited to visit the Media Center of the
San Francisco 49ers Academy
in
East Palo Alto
, California, this week to talk about science
and technology in our lives. We spoke to the mostly-girl students of an
extracurricular course on media who are studying video production
skills and critical thinking.

Gilda, Valerie, and I work in different parts of Sun. We got
to know each other well during our work on the annual

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
. Of course, we
talked about Engineering women in addition to telling the students
about our work and lives! I passed out Sun pens and stickypads plus

“Why Should Young Women Consider a Career in Information Technology?”

cards from the National Center for Women
& Information Technology
as well as NCWIT’s

“By the Numbers”
(compelling statistics on women’s participation in IT)
and other materials.

The students asked us questions and then
videotaped interviews with us. Each student very capably took on
a job: interviewer, director, camera operator, etc. This is an
impressive and well managed program. They even have their own
blog called Girls’ Tyme!.

San Francisco 49ers Academy

San Francisco 49ers Academy sign
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Media Students with Rebecca and Valerie

Media Class with Rebecca Fisher and Valerie Fenwick
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

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