This summer I was one of 12 students selected for an internship at Information Technology Services (ITS), a non-profit organization that monitors and supervises the entire Miami-Dade county public school system. Miami-Dade county is the fourth largest county in the U.S., with over 400 schools, so it was very cool to be one of the few chosen to participate in the internship program.
Did you know that many women may be less inclined to pursue science and tech fields because they see them as incongruent with romance? When researchers "primed" college women to think about romantic activities like dating, these women showed less interest in math, science, and technology careers than women who had been primed to think about friendship or intelligence.
On August 16, Singularity University Presented its second annual Women @ The Frontier Symposium at the Tech Museum in San Jose. It began with a networking recpetion and expo followed by a multi-disciplinary panel and a Q&A session.
As one of two girls that were offered an engineering internship at an engineering company in Mooresville, North Carolina, I spent the summer stretching my knowledge and broadening my horizons to real-world problems, work hours, nuclear power plant testing, vendor communication and more.
Did you know that the "tipping point" for ideas and beliefs can be reached with adoption from just 10% of the population? Using computational models of social cognitive networks, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that when "just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society." The researchers modeled different kinds of social networks with different levels and points of influence.
Did you know that the NCWIT Scorecard isn't just a set of statistics on girls, women, computing, and IT; it also provides a terrific explanation for why women's participation matters? Did you know that the Scorecard gives you tips for how you can make a difference, and is available in multiple easy-to-use formats?
There's a meme floating around the web about the talent war and the competition for "star" performers. A piece at the NY Times recently discussed the trend of buying startups in order to capitalize on their founders' talents, with Mark Zuckerberg saying that “someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good. They are 100 times better."
Did you know that Google's Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) program is sponsoring workshops at more than 60 locations this summer? CS4HS brin gs computer science professional development and computational thinking workshops to middle and high school educators through three-day workshops, and gives them the tools and networking opportunities to succeed both inside and beyond the classroom. Google provides the funding for CS4HS (about $15-20K) to universities and the universities (often in conjunction with local Google employees) develop the curriculum.