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
NCWIT 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
NCWIT 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
NCWIT 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.