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DigitalAccess.org was founded in 1998 to provide public access to the Internet and computers, to facilitate learning and collaborative programs, and to promote youth and community entrepreneurial ventures using multimedia technologies.

DigitalAccess.org, operates under the 501(c)3 fiscal agency of Twin Cities FreeNet (TCFN).


"Equal access to online services is the civil rights issue of the 21st century."
— Steve Case, CEO,
America Online, May, 1999

Digital Access — Summer 2000
Discover Girl Power! TechQuest Camp for Girls

A DigitalAccess Project

Our partners in this exciting initiative are:



The Studio Tech Program at

A Stunning Success: TechQuest camp 2000 is a wrap!

Working in collaboration with the Minneapolis YWCA and Hamline University's Studio Tech, this exciting project introduced technology to girls aged 8-12 in a fun and creative environment. The success of this pilot program has paved the way for ongoing collaboration between these partners, including after-school TechQuest programming at the new Minneapolis Midtown YWCA (slated to begin in winter 2000).

The 4 day camp, held at Hamline Universities' Studio Tech facilities, featured guest speakers and a field trip, and provided ample opportunity for experimenting with technology tools through a hands-on creative project — developing a series of Web pages with the help of staff and volunteer mentors. The pages created by the girls can be seen at: http://www.digitalaccess.org/techquest

Speakers at this years camp included:

  • Special Agent Josh Kapellan from Geek Squad
  • Jack Field and Sara Bishop from ADC Corporation
  • Peggy Knapp from The Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University
  • Molly DeBower from "Launch" online magazine

In addition to guest speakers, Wam!Net hosted a field trip to their offices on Thursday, July 20th, which the girls enjoyed thoroughly. A special thanks to the Wam!Net staff for facilitating this exciting event.

Staff support for the project included students and staff from Hamline University, the Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline, and Digital Access.org.

Student Interns were Max Mose and David Nides. Studio Tech Intern Oludare Odumade made it all flow smoothly.

This project is supported by the generous contributions of ADC Foundation, and Hamline University.

A special thanks to all the volunteers and speakers who signed on to make this project a success!

Day 1!
Covering the Geek Squad Car...



Check out these
sites for girls:


Girl Power

Girl Site

Purple Moon

New Moon

Independent Means

Smart Girl


Girls Online

News About Girls & Technology

Economy NEEDS Women and Minorites

Web Site Helps Teens in Crisis

AAUW Report on Girls and Technology

What good is technology?

Do girls approach technology differently than boys?



Link to Web Pages for DGP girls!


Photos from Camp

Thank You's!