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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.