Computers: From Programs to Pajama Parties

Educators push to prepare schoolgirls for a computerized society

Until last year, Kei Murrell, 13, like most other girls at Mendocino (Calif.) Middle School, considered the school's computer room to be a male preserve, a place where boys talked in programming jargon and played war games. While Kei and her friends were free to use the machines, they stayed away -- largely because, as she says, "there aren't very many girls my age who are into blowing things up on a computer." Kei is still bored by computer shoot-'em- ups, but she and the other girls now feel right at home at the computers. Perched in front of the school's...

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