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Kids Creating on the Web

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, January 19, 1999

What can kids do on the web? Plenty with the right know-how. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Helping and inspiring young people to develop high tech know-how, writing and speaking skills is behind a program called kidsthinklink. Young city kids from many parts of the world are being mentored in the offices of the communications consulting firm Porter Novelli. CEO Bob Druckenmiller..

"The technology is so critical today. If there's ways in which kids can get accustomed to using it, which they are so quick in doing, maybe it will help them in their future careers and so on."

The efforts of the kids like 13 year old Margaret have been put online in a multi-language webzine at kidsthinklink.com....

"And I interviewed thirty people in seventh grade in my school about the music they listen to, why they listen to it and who is their favoriet artist."

Another company spurring young people on is Advanced Network & Services, which is giving away 2 million dollars a year in scholarships to global teams of young students who develop educational web sites. Company President Al Weis...

"They actually learn by doing. And this is a model of learning that more and more schools and more and more countries are beginning to embrace."

You can get more information and see some of the amazing student created sites at thinkquest.org.