Aspirations in Computing News

  • What began as a simple trip, offered by NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing network, quickly unfolded into an amazing opportunity? When we think of a typical field trip for high school and college students, we hardly think about visiting the scenes of the action; rather the products of their creation. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 was a very special day for the young women that were chosen to venture the iStrategyLabs office. We all woke that morning and went through our school days as usual, anticipating the field trip that lay ahead of us.

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    Wei Low, 2012 National Runner-up, Virginia/DC Affiliate Award recipient and 2013 Virginia/DC Affiliate Award recipient

    Wei Low didn’t start out wanting to pursue STEM as a career or as a hobby, for that matter...

  • Yesterday fellow NCWIT Aspirations winners, Jordan Newton, Charell Valencia, and I (Jackie Lasky), were invited to iStrategy Lab’s office in Dupoint Circle, Washington D.C. to tour their high-tech facility. Surprisingly, a little over 40% of their company’s team happens to be women, which make the visit a very welcoming one at that.
    The walls of their office varied from abstract contemporary paintings and colorful wall-white boards to other mediums of art and innovation.
  • Less than a month after I joined the NCWIT Facebook group, the last thing I expected was an invitation to the White House. But surely enough, there it was: “Who wants to go to the White House Safety Datapalooza??” One comment and a few emails later, I questioned reality when Malia confirmed that I was on the list.

  • The National Center for Women & Information Technology has selected 35 national winners from among more than 2,300 applicants, representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas military bases. Each National Award Winner will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, and an engraved plaque for both for her and her school.

  • The National Center for Women and Information Technology and Aspirations in Computing program were present throughout my experience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.
  • 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.