You Can Code, But Can You Haiku?

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You can write code, but can you write haiku?

This was the challenge presented to winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing in their Facebook Group over the summer. 

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Winners receive  a range of terrific prizes, are honored publicly in their communities, are presented with scholarship and career opportunities, and participate in an online peer community with other young women who, like, them, are passionate about technology and computing.

The following haiku poems are the result of the challenge to the Facebook group. The idea itself was conceived by one of the students, and the top three most “liked” poems earned their winners a Computer Engineer Barbie from NCWIT. Following are some of the contest entries (click through on the authors' names to read their bios!)

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“I’m writing my code,
But I do not realize,
Hours have gone by”

By Alexa L.

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"The modem humming.
Code rapidly compiling.
Click. Perfect success."

By Stephanie S.

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“Love is binary,
twofold. You do or you don’t. 
And programming? One.”

By Emily T.

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“Type, type, type away
Compile. Run. Hip hip hooray!
No error today!”

By Samantha W.

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“Input high tech dreams.
Instill them in young women.
Output NCWIT”

By Emily T.

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“In my classes, I've found
though we are quite similar,
we're very unique. 
Some girls are like strings,
Always full of character (s);
They have things to say.
Some I have known were
More like compilers,
Finding my errors.
Some were unhappy 
That we were the only ones,
The way that things are.
But I see I’m lucky
To have known all of these girls:
All great programmers.”

By Kate M.

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“Illegal start of type.
Find the method declaration,
watch your world compile”

By Serena B.

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“Another error.
Hours of coding go by.
Compile and repeat.”

By Emma M.

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“Coffee stains the desk--
A midnight compilation.
Hopefully, she waits.”

By Aardra R.

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“Cick, click, the noise starts
beeping, ticking, and purring...
FINALLY YOU'RE ON”

By Samee S.

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“Debugging once more
Her thoughtful smile now shines
Triumphant cheers ring”

By Tesca F.

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"Skynet comes to life
Robots overthrow humans
Forgot the kill switch”

By Penelope B.

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“Oh, Technology
You and my morning O.J.
Don't mix very well”

By Samantha W.

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”0001100110000101110001001 :)”
By Claribel P.

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“Computer error
what can i do to fix it?
restart always works”

By Caroline A.

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“Beauty, elegance,
a flawless form of logic,
my program is done”

By Caroline A.

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“Oh dear the suspense
Click compile and wait, will it work?
Smile with success”

By Rachel H.

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“Hours of brutal work.
All for two magical words.
"Hello World!" At last!”

By Lynnli W.

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“Mac versus Windows
Both have some advantages
Hey look, it's Linux!”

By Cassidy W.

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“Roommates in computing
We joke, shop, play, eat, talk, sing,
And program for fun”

By Cassidy W.

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“Trip to career fair
Company gets resume
Girl in computing?!?”

By Cassidy W.

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“Garbage collector
Collecting unused objects
Free up memory”

By Samantha A.

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“First day c++
only girl in the whole class
where do we all go?”

By Zippy G.

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”4 a.m. coding
More than sunrise, I dread this:
"Segmentation Fault."”

By Willa C.

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“Computer girl to
Computer geek. Why can't it
be the same for all?”

By Samantha W.

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“Taps on a keyboard
The busy hum of hard drives
Programming Party!”

By Sam M.

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“There's many errors
Oops, forgot the close bracket
Problem is solved”

By Samantha S.

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“I am an addict
to my iPod Touch, but wait,
there's an app for that.”

By Cassidy W.

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“Girl: When I grow up
I want to be Computer
Engineer Barbie.”

By Karla G.

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“*click* debug...error
"dang it!" *scroll* *click* *tap* *scroll* *click*
debug... complete. "YES!"”

By Sam M.

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“Public static void,
main (String[] args) open bracket,
"Hello World!", close brace”

By Katie B.

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“I can build a bot,
Run a website, code a game,
...But can't cook pasta.”

By Willa C.

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“Boys in my C.S. 
class, think they know the world. but
C.S. is for girls”

By Sam M.

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“N! C!! W-I-T!!
Girls that love technology!
1 3 3 7 !”

By Diane E.

“Writing a haiku
Is much too difficult for
A CS Major.”

By Ayesha B.

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“So let us create 
A code to generate some
Amazing Haikus”

By Jannat S.

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“Women are the base.
Notice it's called MOTHERboard.
We are the hard drive.”

By Keiko TF.

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