NMSU to offer digital literacy camp for local girls

July 13, 2015

New Mexico State University’s Department of English will host Girlhood Remixed Technology Camp, a technology and online identity camp for local girls, July 27-31.

“Girlhood Remixed Technology Camp empowers girls to experiment with digital design and digital equipment in a safe, supportive space,” said Jennifer England, camp director and doctoral candidate studying rhetoric and professional communication at NMSU.

The goal of this camp is to introduce girls, ages 10-13, to different types of technology and tools to construct their online identities. The program works to “overcome the gender, economic and cultural digital divides that negatively and disproportionately impact many of the area’s students, especially young women,” according to England.

“Through faculty and graduate student mentorship, the girls will use a mixture of high-skill and low-skill technologies to create several projects,” England said. “They will journal and discuss how technology has shaped their girlhood identities and what they can do to challenge any negative stereotypes they perceive.”

During the Girlhood Remixed Technology Camp, participants will be introduced to a variety of high-tech software programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign and iMovie, as well as low-tech programs, such as Pixlr and Pinterest. The girls will also have opportunities to experiment with photography, poetry, film, gaming and engineering.

Projects will allow campers to gain awareness of digital media and its role in their lives. The camp culminates in a closing ceremony where the participants will showcase their projects to parents, family and friends.

For more information, visit http://girlhoodremixed.wix.com/home

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