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TechChicks: A Mobile App by Girls, for Girls

March 4, 2012
Android

In early December, I was introduced to the Motorola Mobility Grant project that  NCWIT was offering for Aspirations recipients. This is a project where young women are engaged in building a mobile application on the Android platform.

Aspirations, Inspirations, and the Girls Who Make it Happen

March 3, 2012
Award Winner

March 3, 2012,  the Bay Area  Aspirations Award Ceremony took place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Parents, teachers, supporters, and of course, the girls, filled the environment with smiles. The day was gorgeous, and the California sunshine definitely attended the event, too. Anyone could sense the excitement of the girls who were finally being told Good Job, Keep Going, You're Doing Great, You Can. 

Video Challenge for Aspirations in Computing Recipients

March 1, 2012
Video Icon

Today, NCWIT announced the Aspirations in Computing Video Challenge! This contest is exclusively for NCWIT Award winners and runners-up.  The entire NCWIT community will be invited to participate in the voting. The top 10 videos in each category (individual and group – up to three members per group), as determined by the number of votes at the end of the contest will be considered finalists, and will be judged by a panel of NCWIT staff. 

Did You Know?

February 28, 2012
Newspaper

Online Learning and the Curse of Knowledge

Has your institution embraced new approaches to teaching and learning? A recent conference at Harvard looked at this topic, finding that "A growing body of evidence from the classroom, coupled with emerging research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, is lending insight into how people learn, but teaching on most college campuses has not changed much." As higher education institutions see a student body increasingly concerned with its "ROI" and feel competition from non-traditional online or vocational models, many are pushing to evolve their practices - exchanging lectures for writing or quizzes, and teaching graduate researchers how to teach. Do you think an openness to new pedagogical approaches could open the door for teaching and learning computing among a broader audience?

Did You Know?

February 16, 2012
Newspaper

Gender Stereotypes in Dallas Schools

Did you know that last week Dallas public schools bussed thousands of boys to a movie screening of "Red Tails" -- which tells the story of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen pilots, who during World War II became the first black aviators to serve in the U.S. Military -- but excluded girls? A spokesman for the Dallas Independent School District said officials took only boys to see "Red Tails" because space at the movie theater was limited; leaders of the district also "thought boys would enjoy the movie more than girls." Some female students were shown a different movie instead, "Akeelah and the Bee," about an 11-year-old girl who competes in a national spelling bee.

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing El Paso - Las Cruces Affiliate

February 10, 2012
Award Winners

On February 10, 2012, the NCWIT El Paso/Las Cruces Affiliate Award Event was held at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Chemistry and Computer Science Building. During this ceremony, the winners and runners-up of the award were recognized for their achievements and provided with their respective rewards. The winner of the educator award, Mr. Ismail Turel, was also revered in this event. Amongst the winners were Andrea Rivera, who was also a was a national winner, and Noor Muhyi, who not only was a national winner, but was also selected to participate at the White House Science Fair.

Back at the White House!

February 8, 2012
Award Winners

For the second time in as many months, winners of NCWIT's Award for Aspirations in Computing were at the White House this week for the second White House Science Fair

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Winners Visit the White House

January 12, 2012
Champions of Change

On December 9, 2011, I joined five other winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing at the White House, in an event honoring the Girls and Women in STEM Champions of Change. This event celebrated people, businesses, and organizations who recruit and retain girls and women in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Did You Know?

January 10, 2012
Newspaper

Did you know that LEGO is spending $40 million to market its new product line for girls?

Lucy Sanders and the U.S. Innovation Advisory Board

January 6, 2012
Women in tech

Last year, NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Innovation Advisory Board. This board was formally established as part of the 2010 America COMPETES Act, to guide a study of U.S. innovation and competitiveness that would help inform job creation and global economic and technological success. 

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