In June 2001, the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium
received funding from the National Science
Foundation to design and implement an innovative
model program to increase the confidence,
interest and preparedness of girls to pursue
academic and employment opportunities related
to high-end careers in the field of information
technology (IT). GREAT!
is engaging middle school girls from Miami
Dade County Public Schools in Saturday and
summer programming, helping them to acquire
increasingly complex technology skills as
they create a series of IT products, culminating
in the creation of fully-interactive 3D
virtual reality exhibits.