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  • On Saturday April 5th, St. Louis hosted its inaugural Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing event. The ceremony included a panel of college women, another panel of professional women in IT, and the awards ceremony plus the reception. The keynote was by Sheila Burkett. The event took place at the Millennium Center at University of Missouri St.
  • On March 3, I attended the Philadelphia Area Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing ceremony with my mom and teacher. As soon as school ended, we drove the one-hour drive from Bethlehem, PA and arrived at the Villanova Conference Center around 4:15 p.m. Immediately upon arriving, I felt welcomed by the warm smiles of the coordinators and girls. As fellow award recipients trickled in, I conversed with those whom had already arrived.

  • Friday, February 7th, the Western Missouri and Kansas Aspirations Community celebrated 30 young women at the 2014 Award for Aspirations in Computing ceremony held at the Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. In excellent celebration, parents, teachers, industry professionals, and faculty were all on hand to help honor these young women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology.

  • The Girls in ICT initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The initiative is committed to celebrate and commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of every April as established by the ITU membership.

  • March 15th, 2014 in Northern California marks a day when a group of girls honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology became aware of the immense support they had from people in every area of the STEM field. At a ceremony held on the University of California, Davis, a group of talented and extremely fortunate young women got the chance to listen to stories from women who had become huge successes within science, math, engineering, and technology.
  • Late winter is one of the busiest and most inspiring times of year for NCWIT because we are celebrating the winners of our Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT staff and representatives attend ceremonies all over the nation. At each event, we hear from magnetic speakers, meet dedicated educators, and more importantly, celebrate the amazing young women who are the Winners and Runners-up of the Award for Aspirations in Computing. Here are some of the highlights from two recent ceremonies.

  • Late winter is one of the busiest and most inspiring times of year for NCWIT because we are celebrating the winners of our Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT staff and representatives attend ceremonies all over the nation. At each event, we hear from magnetic speakers, meet dedicated educators, and more importantly, celebrate the amazing young women who are the Winners and Runners-up of the Award for Aspirations in Computing. Here are some of the highlights from two recent ceremonies.

  • What began as a simple trip, offered by NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing network, quickly unfolded into an amazing opportunity? When we think of a typical field trip for high school and college students, we hardly think about visiting the scenes of the action; rather the products of their creation. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 was a very special day for the young women that were chosen to venture the iStrategyLabs office. We all woke that morning and went through our school days as usual, anticipating the field trip that lay ahead of us.

  • NCWIT AIC Alumni: Where Are They Now?

    Wei Low, 2012 National Runner-up, Virginia/DC Affiliate Award recipient and 2013 Virginia/DC Affiliate Award recipient

    Wei Low didn’t start out wanting to pursue STEM as a career or as a hobby, for that matter...

  • Yesterday fellow NCWIT Aspirations winners, Jordan Newton, Charell Valencia, and I (Jackie Lasky), were invited to iStrategy Lab’s office in Dupoint Circle, Washington D.C. to tour their high-tech facility. Surprisingly, a little over 40% of their company’s team happens to be women, which make the visit a very welcoming one at that.
     
  • Less than a month after I joined the NCWIT Facebook group, the last thing I expected was an invitation to the White House. But surely enough, there it was: “Who wants to go to the White House Safety Datapalooza??” One comment and a few emails later, I questioned reality when Malia confirmed that I was on the list.

  • The National Center for Women & Information Technology has selected 35 national winners from among more than 2,300 applicants, representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas military bases. Each National Award Winner will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, and an engraved plaque for both for her and her school.

  • The National Center for Women and Information Technology and Aspirations in Computing program were present throughout my experience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.

  • The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) sponsors the annual Aspirations in Computing Award competition for high school women involved in and/or interested in technology and computing. You do not necessarily have to have achievements in technology to apply, you just have to have the passion - hence the “aspirations” name! Applications open on September 18. Here’s some more information:

  • We weren’t quite sure what to expect going into our first day of our Robot Springboard @ Drexel University camp. As the clock ticked onward towards 8:45, when our first campers would be arriving, we steadily grew more and more nervous. Months of planning had gone into this single week and the two of us had spent hours upon hours putting together our curriculum, from the lectures we would give, to the games and challenges we would have the girls do, and to the speakers we would invite to talk to our girls at lunch.

  • When I woke up Tuesday morning, it felt like an ordinary day. There were no indications of the amazing time I was going to have for the next two days. When I got to work that morning, I knew I would be attending a Google Reception but I didn’t know how amazing it would be.

  • Bowls of wild rice lined Minnesota Senator Al Franken's office. A sweet scent of blueberries and cranberries filled the room. When NCWIT gave me the opportunity to attend the White House's Champions of Change I did not expect I would be having breakfast with my senator! 

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