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The CompuGirls program is designed to support interest in science and technology in Valley teens. (ASU Photo)

PHOENIX -- An Arizona State University associate professor has been named a Champion of Change and will be honored at the White House this week.

Kimberly Scott, who founded CompuGirls, will be among the honorees Wednesday. The event is a salute to people who have participated in the STEM program, which supports science, technology, engineering and math efforts for minority schoolchildren.

"Being named a STEM Access Champion of Change is not only a distinct honor, but also an acknowledgement of the need to teach girls technological skills in an engaging and transformative way," Scott said in a statement. "Bringing girls from underserved communities into the digital world ultimately will add intellectual diversity and talent to our country's workforce."

Scott, who teaches women and gender studies at ASU, started CompuGirls in 2007 to help spark interest in technology and computer science among Phoenix-area girls. The Tempe-based program for eighth-through-12th graders has expanded to Colorado.

"Bringing girls from underserved communities into the digital world ultimately will add intellectual diversity and talent to our country's workforce," Scott said.

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