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TechGirls at IDcamp (photos: Neil Hickey/Re/code)

Amy Schatz , <re/code>.net visited with the TechGirls, and reports on this amazing summer program, what the girls are thinking and how their futures will be different now that they’ve been involved in the program, administered by Legacy International.

Waad “Dede” Krishan is probably having a better summer than you.

The bubbly 16-year-old Jordanian is on a free, three-week trip to the United States (“It’s my first travel ever!”) where she’s making new friends, learning Web design and meeting executives at some of the top tech companies in the U.S., including Google and Tumblr.

Hunched over a PC recently, Krishan was putting the finishing touches on a new website she hopes will one day help teach other girls the things she’s learned this summer.

She goes to “a good school, but we don’t focus on technology,” says Krishan, who sports a peach headscarf and says she’s achieved black-belt status in Taekwondo back home.

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“I was thinking about having a project and getting lessons for the girls in my school so I can [teach] them about all of the information I learn here and share it with them,” said Krishan, who wants to study engineering in college.

Dede Krishan and a fellow Tech Girl collaborate on a website during a recent computer camp in Washington, D.C.Dede Krishan and a fellow Tech Girl collaborate on a website during a recent computer camp in Washington, D.C.

Krishan is among two dozen Middle Eastern and North African girls visiting the U.S. this summer as part of a State Department-funded exchange program called Tech Girls, which encourages teen girls to consider careers in technology.

Launched by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton three years ago, the program provides an opportunity to show bright, motivated Middle Eastern girls the career opportunities that they could have if they go into technology, as well as teaching them some basic Web design and java-programming skills that they can continue to hone when they return home.

All of the girls in the program are required to pass along what they’ve learned to other teens in their communities through community projects, such as Web design classes or presentations to kids in their communities.- Read more (<re/code>.net).