The NCWIT AspireIT Middle School Outreach Program addresses the lack of women in technology by actively engaging middle school girls in computing. AspireIT pairs Aspirations in Computing award recipients with participating NCWIT members to create and run computing-related outreach programs for middle school girls, such as after-school programs, summer camps, clubs, or weekend conferences.
Inspired by the desire of young women in computing to "pay it forward," AspireIT aims to employ a near-peer approach that provides middle school girls with a positive, sustained experience of learning and creating computing alongside their peers in high school and college.
AspireIT is supported by Google, Intel, and Northrop Grumman.
Totaling $334,000, the 114 AspireIT programs have provided 130,992 hours of instruction to 3,371 girls in 23 states since it started in 2013. At full scale, NCWIT AspireIT is on-track to serve more than 10,000 K-12 girls by 2018. Each program brings together an Aspirations in Computing recipient (currently high school or college aged young women) and a K-12 or Academic Alliance member.
Visit www.ncwit.org/aspireit for more information.