Aspirations in Computing News

  • 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.

  • Every morning on the way to work I pass a series of sign before reaching an important one: “Prepare to Stop, Security Checkpoint Ahead.” From there everyone in our carpool flashes their government badges and we drive through into the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi.

  • The first Nebraska and SW Iowa Affiliate Award recognized six winners and three runners up as well as a high school educator for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology on April 13, 2012.  The event was held in the Peter Kiewit Institute Atrium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.   

  • They are high school students, and already masters of technology. Girls attending high schools in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, they excel at building websites and writing code, robotics and creating software, animation and bioengineering. For their work -- and their potential -- Bloomberg honored these 22 high school students for their achievements in technology at a May 17 ceremony in the Company’s New York City headquarters.

  • As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, Tennessee Tech University (TTU) Computer Science department, an Academic Alliance member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has recognized 28 high-school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. This was the first time the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing competition was held for the state of Tennessee and it will be held annually hereafter.