LIVE: NCWIT Roundtable on Computing Education & the 21st Century Workforce

October 13, 2011
Round table

NCWIT and the Woodrow Wilson Center are hosting a roundtable discussion today on "21st Century Pathways to a Skilled Technology Workforce." This roundtable will address the critical need for increased computing education and the expansion of the technology talent pool.

Did You Know?

October 11, 2011

You may know about the pay gap between men and women, and maybe you know that women tend not to fare as well as men in salary negotiations. But did you know that the gender gap in salary negotiations disappears when women are negotiating on behalf of someone else?  A recent study from Columbia Business School found that "When women negotiate for themselves, their assertiveness could be seen as running foul of gender expectations.

You Can Code, But Can You Haiku?

October 4, 2011
Haiku Art

You can write code, but can you write haiku?

This was the challenge presented to winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing in their Facebook Group over the summer. 

Did You Know?

September 30, 2011

Did you know that there's a business case for why you should include gender diversity at your startup? Inc. Magazine this week looks at research pointing to some of the many benefits that women bring to young organizations, including better problem-solving, lower failure rates, increased efficiency, and higher return on investment. 


My Summer at Google

September 21, 2011
Award Winners

Everyone knows Google as a search engine, email client, etc. But this summer, I was part of a different side of Google – this year’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI).

Did You Know?

September 16, 2011

Did you know that a prominent article about Carol Bartz's firing from her role as CEO of Yahoo last week also mentions that she was a "high-school homecoming queen" and a "mother of three"? Although many aver that Bartz was sacked for what the Yahoo board deemed her poor performance, discussions of her professional persona have often included references to her gender. 

How to Write an Award-winning Application!

September 14, 2011
Award Winners

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?

Did You Know?

September 2, 2011


Running a Summer Tech Workshop for Girls

September 1, 2011
Summer Camp Girls

This summer my sister and I ran an Alice workshop for middle school girls at a local college. We decided to have it at a college because we believed it would be more exciting for the girls than at a middle school or a high school computer lab. Like most universities, the Guilford College campus is beautiful in the summertime.

Did You Know?

August 26, 2011

Did you know an ongoing study finds that female STEM faculty at community colleges are in gender parity with their male peers, and have high rates of job satisfaction? A team of researchers from Ohio University has found that women make up 47.7 percent of STEM faculty at community colleges, whereas they are only about one-third of the faculty at four-year universities.