Program Elements

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) changes what’s possible for women in technology from K-12 through career by offering the kind of encouragement that combats isolation, enables long-term persistence, opens doors, and changes lives. AiC uses program elements that spark interest in computing (AspireIT); recognizes and celebrates women’s technical aspirations and abilities, as well as the educators who support them (AiC Award Recognitions); and, provides an expansive, supportive network (AiC Community). Find out more about each of these program elements below.

NCWIT Aspirations In Computing (AiC) Program Elements

AspireIT_PhotoNCWIT AspireIT: Peer-led Computing Education 

AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments.

Who can participate? 

  • K-12 girls who want to learn computing

  • AiC Community members who want to “give back” to younger girls and learn valuable leadership skills

  • organizations that want to partner with an AiC Community member to bring AspireIT to their community

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AiCAwardsPhotoNCWIT AiC Award Recognitions

AiC Award Recognitions offer three distinct awards that honor aspirations, abilities, technical accomplishments, and influential guidance.

Who can apply?

  • 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary

  • students who are enrolled in a post-secondary institution (community college, college, or university) with a major or minor in a computing or engineering discipline, and also self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary

  • formal and informal 9th-12th grade educators

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AiCCommunityPhotoNCWIT AiC Community

The AiC Community is a phenomenal network for technical women in computing and engineering who receive benefits such as private invitations to virtual and in-person meetups, visibility for technical achievements, computing outreach opportunities, hands-on activities for exploring computer science concepts, exclusive access to scholarships, internships, job opportunities, and more.

Who can participate?

  • 9th-12th grade students who received an Award for AiC are automatically inducted.

  • Students who are enrolled in a post-secondary institution (community college, college, or university) with a major or minor in a computing or engineering discipline, and also self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary, are welcome to apply. 

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