Aspirations in Computing News

  • 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! 

  • The Bulldog Bytes Aspire IT camp was held June 23-27, 2013, on the campus of Mississippi State University (MSU). Sixteen middle school girls moved into the dorm on Sunday afternoon. Following move-in, the girls were welcomed by Camp Leader and Aspirations in Computing Recipient Rian Walker and MSU faculty member Dr. Sarah Lee. In addition, Mrs.

  • Located under the warm and glowing sun of Southern California is University of California, Irvine, the venue for the 2013 Southern California NCWIT Aspirations award ceremony. Congratulating a bright group of amazing females on their technical expertise and technological success, the ceremony definitely brought upon a new spotlight in my life that gave me the motivation and inspiration to aspire further. I was absolutely stunned at the arrangement of this event and the phenomenal speakers that shared their experiences and insight with us. 

  • The venue for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Central Texas Affiliate Award Ceremony was UT Austin and it took place on Thursday, April 6th only a few days after I had committed to studying computer science at UT Austin! So, I was very excited to attend. Moreover, it took place at UT Austin’s new Gates Dell Complex which had its grand opening only a month early where Bill Gates and Michael Dell spoke in person!

  • "Last week, I attended the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) Summit on Women in IT. It was amazing. All my expenses were paid through funding NCWIT received from Bloomberg. I acted as an ambassador for NCWIT’s Aspiration’s program. This program identifies young women with an interest  in technology and recognizes this to help them get the resources and support they need to follow these aspirations." -Halie Murray-Davis, NCWIT Summit Ambassador

  • I wasn't quite sure what to make of it all as I timidly approached the check-in table. Dressed up, with my parents and incredible STEM mentor there to support me, I joined the flock of other girls and their families rapidly gathering. I was still in awe of being chosen as a Colorado Aspirations Affiliate winner, and I was pretty excited about the opportunities the award and the organization would open up for me. As I told the event coordinator who I was, I was immediately greeted by ample amiable smiles and words of congratulations.

  • Aspirations in Computing is excited to announce a new partnership with PiggyBackr to help young women fund their technology projects – from raising money for a robotics team, to building a mobile application, or launching a new venture! PiggyBackr is a fundraising website that teaches youth how to raise money for their teams, schools, and projects online. The PiggyBackr website makes it easy for teams or individuals to raise money from friends, family, and business, get motivated, and have fun.

  • On March 7th, NCWIT hosted a Young Women in Technology Social at the NYC FIRST Robotics competition in partnership with Bloomberg. Around 150 young women and their coaches, parents, and mentors gathered to connect with each other, network with developers and industry leaders, and learn about Aspirations in Computing Program – and enjoy some delicious cupcakes.

  • This past summer has been an amazing time for me to broaden my experience in technology. After winning the New York Tri-State Affiliate Award this year, I decided that I would delve deeper into the two areas that I like best: website design and game programming. I joined an advanced game programming class in June, which allowed me to expand my knowledge of graphic user interfaces as well as the creation of “smart” computer opponents in Python.

  • Kimberly A. is a recipient of the 2010-11 North Carolina Award for Aspirations in Computing. She is a senior and plans to study computer programming and chemical engineering in college.

    Samantha S. is a recipient of both the 2010-11 Massachusetts and the National Award for Aspirations in Computing. She is very interested in robotics and plans to continue that pursuit in college.

    (Kimberly): What's the best part(s) of being an Aspirations Award-winner?

  • On August 21, 2012 I was given the opportunity to travel to the White House. But this wasn't your ordinary stand outside the gate and take pictures kind of a trip. This was an experience that many only dream about when it comes to getting a glimpse of what lies behind the gates.

  • My experience as an Aspirations Award Winner has been a great and constantly rewarding one. I have loved computer science and computers in general since I was a little kid. Having had no professional training, I was so surprised to be a winner of the Tennessee Affiliate of NCWIT's Award for Aspirations in Computing competition, but I was also very grateful for the chance.