Not long ago Dale Ferrario was working at Sun Microsystems and wanting to figure out how to help young people learn about technology in a way that was relevant to them. He asked himself questions like how to combine social networking with learning about technology in a safe online environment. So after 20 years, he quit Sun and started a nonprofit social-networking site called FreshBrain.org, the Saratoga (Calif.) News reports. The site gives 13-to-18-year-olds "the chance to explore and create through activities and projects, such as changing the image of the Mona Lisa by putting a new face on it, creating a video game or social networking to start a small business. Students can learn to create a Web site or design a computer game or mashup. They can learn the inner workings of software programming, graphic design and more. Each of these areas includes contests with prizes such as an iPod and T-Mobile phones.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
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