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  • Hi Bess,
    
    How exciting that you know what you are interested in today!  There are many organizations out there that offer fun and exciting camps related to engineering.  Some schools even have special programs.  Many offer scholarships or are offered for free and some are offered for girls only. My advice to you is to get involved in an engineering program as soon as possible.  If you need help looking up and reviewing offerings just let me know and I would be glad to help you.  
    
    Also, engineers are creative and make stuff :).  So start building things now (and keep in mind you don't need a camp to get started).  Whether it is a small game you create online with an online tool, like courses done on code.org.  Or if you decide to play around and build something cool with a raspberry pi like projects shown here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/desktop-pc/10-great-raspberry-pi-projects-for-kids-3589952/ 
    
    I got involved in engineering like activities when I was in high school.  I loved art and loved using the computer to develop art pieces.  But unfortunately I didn't have real exposure to engineering until college.  However, today there are so many more opportunities for young ladies like yourself.  
    
    Again, if you have anymore questions feel free to let me know.  And have fun on your engineering path!!
    
    Angela Foss 
    
         
  • Virus Scanner companies have engineers who develop the virus scanning software. I myself have not worked on any projects that work with viruses. However, I am sure the teams of engineers vary in their specific engineering background but primarily consist of software engineers. As far as creating viruses there may be certain situations where software engineers may want to create a virus to simulate how secure their product is or how well their scanner may detect a specific type of virus. There may be another engineer girl who is able to give a more specific answer. You may also try to email a person who works for a virus scanner company and let them know that you are interested in this area and ask if they can give you some information about their company and the type of work their engineers do. Engineers typically love to encourage new and young engineers who are interested in their field. I hope I have helped, let me know if you have any more questions and even if I can't answer them I can hopefully point you in the right direction. Good luck and best wishes. Angela Foss
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