LEHI, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Tuesday Utah teenage girls got a taste of what it would be like to be future leaders in STEM related fields with DigiGirlz.
Gathered inside conference rooms at Microsoft's Lehi campus girls rule, literally! You are looking at a girls only group of Utah high schoolers getting their hands on technology.
Layton junior Liz Brusilous said she was at the training because, "I want to make video games for them someday."
Hannah Holland from Viewmont High School is looking for a challenge, "I know a little HTML, only a little."
Microsoft hosts the girls only event every year, for two days the ladies get hands on learning about STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Priya Raghavan, Microsoft Senior Project Leader said, "We want the girls to see what you can do with technology. You don't have to just be consumers, but producers."
Microsoft targets young women, hoping to change a very worrisome statistic; when it comes to technology related fields: you won't find very many women!
Raghavan said, "There are a lot of men, and very few girls in the industry."
Priya has worked for Microsoft for over ten years. She said the entire time she has been the minority; for every 4 men, there's only one woman.
She wants to inspire the ladies to look into pursuing a future career in STEM and the ladies know for their future, these skills are vital.
Holland said, "Technology is not going away, so we need to get on top of it."