Aspirations in Computing is a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technically inclined young women. Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 2,500 young women into the Aspirations in Computing community and is helping to usher these women into technology careers.
Applications are open for the Award for Aspirations in Computing and the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award! Apply at www.aspirations.org.
NCWIT AspireIT – a component of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program – is a national initiative to increase girls' access to meaningful, inclusive computer science education during the middle school years. AspireIT dramatically widens the pool of middle school girls entering high school with computing experience, creates a community of peers engaged in technology exploration, fosters mentoring relationships with technical professionals, and increases girls' confidence in their technical abilities. Simultaneously, AspireIT supports high school and college women's persistence in computing by creating teaching and leadership opportunities.
The K-12 Alliance is a strategic growth Alliance, whose current forty-four (44) member organizations can reach over 55% of girls in the United States. The K-12 Alliance Membership subcommittee continuously reviews and researches potential members with the authority, reach, and/or niche to increase the K-12 Alliance’s overall effectiveness and outreach. Members of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance find membership mutually beneficial, and currently have more than 100 partnerships around the country.
The K-12 Alliance's Research and Resources subcommittee works directly with NCWIT social scientists, to provide advice concerning educational research and potential resources focused on girls and computing. The subcommittee works to advance existing K-12 related research projects, as well as brainstorm future research projects and resources. In January 2013, the K-12 Alliance published "Girls in IT - The Facts", a comprehensive report about the current state of affairs for girls in technology, synthesizing the best available data into one, easy-to-access resource.