Aspirations in Computing News

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • "After I started the Girls Who Code Club here at Union Catholic, I wanted to do something to reach more people in the community, so I reached out to the library about doing the coding classes'' for adults as well as middle school students, said #NCWITAiC Community Member Manya Trehan, who was recently honored with the Union Catholic High School Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Next, she’ll move on to the competition at the state level.

    • AiC Community Member Yarely Chino was spotted teaming up with friends to offer affordable programming classes for women in Salinas & Monterey, California through the non-profit Girl Develop It. Read about their initiative here!

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