Aspirations in Computing News

    • My own experiences have shown me the importance of encouragement and engagement. In 7th grade, my parents enrolled me in a weekly Java camp, the first of many programs. On the first day I expected to make many new friends; however, when I entered the room I realized I was the only girl. As a 13-year-old, I was nervous and initially wanted to leave, but my mom insisted that I at least try the class.
    • If you are still trying to get into the groove of a new school year, AiC Community Member Liz Petrov is here to help. Her app, Class Reveal, lets you enter your class schedule, see your classmates, and share your social media handles. Thanks, Liz, for helping to make the school year less stressful!
    • Remember the sparkly pink, tech-infused prom dress that AiC Community Member Claire Smith made last spring? Now, she's using it to inspire girls to get into tech. // “It shows girls that you can still be girly and code and to not be intimidated by the things you love. I want to bridge the gender gap.
    • “I want to show the girls that STEM is not a scary thing and it is a really good field to go into in the future.” // Read on to find out how AiC Community Member Medha Aiyah is using her own love for STEM to inspire the next generation! 
    • Dr. Shalini Kesar and the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Southern Utah Affiliate share some facts about women in tech.
    • "Hopefully by the end of the three-day program, they will be able to make their own apps to help impact their community. So that kind of exposure, we're hoping will interest them to go toward this field and to seek other opportunities and seek that support and backing to encourage them to keep going in this field." AiC Community Member, Saumya Rawat is using her AspireIT program as a way to empower girls in Dallas.
    • “This is such an impressive group of young women, and we are honored to be recognizing their achievements,” said Emily Kerr, STEM Discovery Lab Coordinator at UNH Manchester, on this year's AiC Affiliate Award Winners from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
    • “We all have stories to tell and we all have communities we love, let’s make technology for us and for those communities.” // We are so proud of AiC Community Member Kaya Thomas and her amazing app, “We Read Too.” Read More.
    • “Whether it is technology used to track species, measure pollution, or engage people in new ways of thinking, she is keyed into the power of technology to transform our experience and understanding of the world
  • We are so proud of the large number of AiC Community Members who were winners of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge! Over the coming weeks, we’ll highlight some of their amazing winning apps. They’re all celebrating in Washington D.C. today at the reception and demo day. Meet the winners from the AiC Community and their amazing winning apps:
    • The only thing we love more than bragging about our AiC Community members is watching their communities brag about them! Congratulations Jennifer King, Jaclyn Windorff, Anja Schwobe, and Jordan Main! You give New Berlin a good name. http://bit.ly/2lASJ9p
    • Did you catch this shout-out to AiC Community Member Kenzie Flinn?
    • “She brings a strong female presence to the robot design team and is paving the way for other girls on the Bomb Squad to get more involved in the robot. Anna noticed a lack of female interested in our community for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. So she took it on herself to create and mentor a robotics team for sixth through eighth-grade girls.” // Jackie Meissner, High School EAST Facilitator, talks about AiC Community Member Anna Fisher. We’re proud to have you in the community, Anna!
    • “In addition to showing my brothers and sister that you can have whatever you want if you believe in God and have faith, I’ve always charged myself with being the change I wish to see in the community -- right now that change is the technology industry.” // We’re not surprised to see AiC Community Member Khalia Braswell listed here
    • "What does a student coding in a white mask have in common with a New Zealand man struggling with
    • “Proud of our Champions of Change -- folks who prove that, here in America, there's no more powerful role than that of citizen.” // President Obama celebrated the Champions of Change last week, including many of our AiC Community Members. We are proud of all the great work that they do! 
    • “Being a Black Muslim woman, my narrative has always been reflected in politics, but not necessarily in the way that I’d like it to be. I got really into politics and picked it up as a minor.
  • Congratulations to AiC Community Member Lucie le Blanc who was recently awarded the "Women In Tech Award" by the Westchester County Association, which celebrates the leadership, creativity, and innovation of women in science and technology. Congrats, Lucie! 

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