The University of Teesside's recent Girls and Gadgets Computer Conference attracted about 200 teenage girls in the United Kingdom. Organized by Alison Brown, a senior lecturer in the School of Computing, the conference gave the young girls an opportunity to learn more about computers and improve their multimedia skills. The conference featured sessions on computer games, digital music, multimedia, animation, and electronic journalism. In a session called Cover Girl, the girls learned about image manipulation by taking photographs of themselves and manipulating them electronically. "We aim to offer the girls an understanding of the vast range of opportunities available to them in the field of computing," Brown says. "The conference can help to encourage them to consider computer science as a serious career choice."
Guest speakers at the conference included Microsoft UK's Eileen Brown and Teesside senior lecturer Siobhan Fenton.
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