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Science Center’s FirstHand Lab Receives Startup PHL Grant

Hundreds of student entrepreneurs and technologists in training will get a boost from the latest round of StartUp PHL "Call for Ideas" grants announced Thursday by Mayor Nutter and Alan Greenberg, deputy mayor for economic development.

Coded by Kids, a free after-school program that introduces and promotes careers in Web development for inner-city kids, will be fertilized for growth with a $19,870 grant to train additional adult instructors.

TechGirlz, a program that holds workshops and an entrepreneurial summer camp for middle-school girls, also earned a grant, $10,000, to expand on the vision expressed by founder Tracey Welson-Rossman that "innovation is gender-blind." The money will be plowed into the TechShopz in a Box program, which packages TechGirlz boot-camp materials into shareable lesson plans so other groups can duplicate the organization's short (two- to three-hour) but stimulating programs - ranging from Podcasting to Designing Mobile Apps, GameMaker Creation, and introductions to Linux and HTML/CSS.

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