Four Jordanian students to participate in the U.S. Government Science TechGirls program
Four Jordanian girls left to the United States today to join 25 teenage girls from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to participate in the “TechGirls” program. This three-week program will focus on the high-level study of technology .
Activities in New York City and Washington, D.C. will feature an interactive technology camp with approximately 60 American peers on the campus of American University, site visits with technology companies, community service activities, and home hospitality visits with American families. Upon their return
to Jordan, the participants will develop technology training projects for their peers.
TechGirls is a youth exchange program that Secretary of State Clinton launched in July 2011 as they claim the program aim “to encourage innovation and promote the spread of new technologies to give women and girls the support that they need to become leaders in this field.” The TechGirls program builds on tthe two-year-old TechWomen program and echoes its goals.
All of the courses are developed to be delivered in a modular fashion, with a focus on project-based learning in small groups. The courses will include subjects on Web Design, C++ and Java programming, Build and App (iPhone or Android), Advanced JAVA, and 3D Game Design.
The Jordanian delegation includes four high school girls from two schools: Dana Al Zoubi and Lojain Obaidat from the King Abdullah School for Excellence in Irbid, and Dana Amer and Sura Mubarak from the Jubilee School in Amman. The students were selected out of 150 candidates who applied for the program.