AspireIT: Computing Learning Experiences
NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments. AspireIT participants are ultimately encouraged to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas to future innovations, and its impact is undeniable:
Since 2013, more than 14,200 girls have received more than 407,700 instruction hours through nearly 700 AspireIT programs in 45 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico — many of whom did not have prior computing experience.
And, 75 percent of participants express interest in taking a future computing class.
Research shows that AspireIT participants more easily identify with near-peer mentors, increasing their personal self-efficacy and confidence. To that end, NCWIT will launch two new AspireIT components to amplify and further the positive impact of near-peer instruction: the AspireIT Impact Award and the AspireIT Toolkit.
AspireIT Impact AwardApplications opening April 2021, the Impact Award elevates the core values and spirit of NCWIT AspireIT. Thirty award recipients will be selected based on their efforts to build and creatively offer hands-on learning opportunities in computing and career exploration, and to bring together advocates and allies of various backgrounds through computing-related events and community groups.
AspireIT ToolkitLaunching Fall 2021, the Toolkit provides formal and informal educators (counselors, administrators, mentors, or other influencers) with connections to AiC Community members for assistance with putting on near-peer programs that draw from NCWIT research on creating equity in computing education. The Toolkit will provide planning resources, like curriculum, lesson plans, checklists, and evaluation tools.
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