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ID number:339839
Published: 16.12.2004.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
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SCHOOLS will soon be offering all-girl computer clubs in an attempt to encourage more women into the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
The scheme in the United Kingdom has been set up in response to a Mori survey report for the e-skills National Training Organisation that showed that - despite high earnings potential - the key barrier to young women entering the ICT profession is their perception of it as an "unfashionable" image. The clubs will be aimed at girls aged eight to 14 and will create a virtual learning environment in which young women can develop their skills.
Employment Minister Tessa Jowell said: "Many girls are turned off computers when they are at school because they see them as boring - just for nerds. We want to change that attitude and open up a world of opportunity - both in careers and simply for fun - for young women.
''We need to offer girls the chance to learn how to use computers to help with homework, as well as how to download the latest fashions online or research their favourite band on the net. ''We know that one million extra ITC professionals will be needed by 2006. If young women are going to take up the new opportunities that the high-tech industries have to offer we need to be laying the foundations now,'' she added.

First computer in Latvia
The first ever computer in Latvia was developed and made at the start-up Institute of Electronics and Computer Science in early sixties. No computers were made industrially in USSR at that time. Therefore successful completion of that project certainly represented a significant achievement. Built on a lot of vacuum tubes, the computer actually worked well and was used for supporting research activities for several years till the time when it became possible to replace it by a more powerful industrially made computer.
Metrological support of the semiconductor industry
A number of Test&Measurement systems have been developed and made on contracts with the semiconductor industry. While they basically served for the common versatile static, dynamic and logic tests, characteristic and parameter measurements of various types of manufactured microelectronic devices, most of them were high-performance systems for that time, innovative and based on inventions.

Microstructure video analyzer Performs automatic search for structural anomalies in semiconductor substratum and similar microstructures.

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