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Original post made on Jan 29, 2011

Allie Caccamo is vice president for manufacturing of Silli Skinz, a startup that makes "protective coverings" for laptops. She's also in middle school. Sunday night (Jan. 30) at the Computer History Museum, Allie and her fellow seventh-graders from The Girls' Middle School in Mountain View will present their business plans to a panel of real venture capitalists in the school's annual Entrepreneurial Night.

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Posted by pa mom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I think this is great. But Ms. Hof, you are living in the 70s -- as I was before I had a boy, and a hippie-professor-relative told me that boys are the ones getting left behind now in our education and outreach, especially at elementary and middle school level.

This was before The Trouble With Boys came out, but if you haven't read it, it's a good place to start. Susan Charles, former principal of Ohlone, is quoted. Very eye opening stuff, but makes a lot of sense.

I'm not suggesting this kind of thing isn't good for girls, I think it's great and should continue. Just don't please wave your hand and assume that boys will be fine based on ideas from decades ago. Are there any similar opportunities for middle school boys?


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