Susan Buck is a developer, lecturer, and entrepreneur who advises parents to get their daughters involved in technology at an early age. Buck recently spoke with ZDNet's Ken Hess about her ideas and methods for getting young girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Buck teaches Web design and development at the University of Pennsylvania, is a developer at Photojojo.com, and recently co-founded Web Start Women, a company that educates and builds communities for women in the Web development arena. "For me, one of the biggest issues is visibility; a lack of other women to associate with, work with, and look up to," Buck says. She notes there is a lot of freedom in the tech realm because ideas can be cultivated at very little cost, which opens many doors for innovation and creativity.
Part of Buck's job at the University of Pennsylvania is teaching students how to think like programmers, which involves building the confidence that no problem is unsolvable. In addition, she says young girls need to be exposed to technology at an early age. "If young girls aren't introduced and given access to enough tech before they get to college, they're already behind," Buck says.
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