Aspirations in Computing News

    • “Seeing one of my favorite educators after 10 years was extremely heartwarming! I developed my first memories of using technology in his classroom as a child.

  • NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) is pleased to announce that October 10, 2019 will be the first-ever NCWIT AiC Awardee Day.

    This new event gives #NCWITAiC Award recipients an opportunity to share how being recognized has impacted their lives and to encourage others to apply. It’s also a chance for NCWIT to raise visibility for the thousands of AiC Community members who are revolutionizing the face of technology.

  • These days, there’s an app for just about everything. But, who designs the apps that make a positive difference in the world? At the Girls’ APPspirations programming camp, held in 2018 in Roseville, Minnesota, sisters Grace Su (age 17) and Cindy Su (age 13) put the power of coding for social change in the hands of elementary and middle school girls. 

    • “We are generally at our best when we are all helping each other,” U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, told participants in an AspireIT-supported app coding class taught by AiC Community Members Leah Marville and Sara Fung. Find out what the students were learning in this article

    • “I really want to increase awareness about tech and show girls it’s not all just coding... There’s art, there’s engineering, there’s building.” // See how AiC Community Member Paige Burns is helping middle school girls explore computing with a grant from AspireIT in this article.

    • In her “FemSTEM: Intro to Computer Science!” AspireIT program, AiC Community Member Shuba Prasadh and her friends taught middle school girls how to combine computer science with their other passions, including subjects like biology, art, and business. Learn more in this article.

    • “Her class is not a place where students sit quietly pecking away at keyboards, but rather a place where kids innovate, think, and explore.” // 2019 Arkansas Affiliate AiC Educator Award Recipient Karma Turner was named the first-ever Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year. Read all about it here. Congratulations, Karma!

    • In the AspireIT Smart Code of Life camp, AiC Community Member Ambica Ramchandra teaches middle school girls about the connections between neuroscience, app development, entrepreneurship, and the Internet of Things. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of this program in this feature.

  • Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition aims to be the ultimate sport for the mind. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

  • Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition aims to be the ultimate sport for the mind. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

  • This post was submitted by AiC Community Member Katherine Huang.

    At the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Awards Ceremony held at Charlotte, North Carolina, I met 39 other inspiring female leaders in STEM. Ranging from authors to entrepreneurs to researchers, all of the girls I met were heavily involved in change-leading efforts geared towards removing the gender gap in technological fields. 

  • This post was submitted by AiC Community Member Katherine Huang.

    On March 8-10, 2019, the 40 national recipients of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, for awards weekend. And, what a celebration it was!

  • NCWIT Aspirations in Computing is pleased to announce that Helena High School Computing Instructor Buffy Smith has been named the recipient of the 2019 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) National Educator Award!

    • Congratulations to two AiC Community members, Isha Puri and Eshika Saxena, who are among the winners of this year’s Cutler-Bell Prize! This award, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), promotes the field of computer science and empowers students to pursue computing challenges beyond the traditional classroom environment.

    • “I want to continue to improve access to computing education for people like me at every level, from K-12 through higher education.” // In this op-ed piece, AiC Community Member and #CSforAll Accessibility Advocate Meredith Boyce calls out the systemic barriers to disabled women’s participation in computing.

  • The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a nationwide programming competition designed to encourage and inspire middle and high school students to explore STEM fields. The Challenge was established in 2013 with the passage of House Resolution 77, and the first competition took place in 2015. In this Challenge, students work individually or in teams to create an original application for any computing platform, using any coding language.

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