MEDIA ADVISORY: NCWIT AWARD FOR ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING WINNER TO BE RECOGNIZED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AT WHITE HOUSE

February 7, 2012

Science Fair Will Highlight Winners of National Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Competitions

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is pleased to announce that Noor Muhyi, a winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, will be recognized by President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

President Obama is hosting the second White House Science Fair, celebrating approximately 100 student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President also will make remarks concerning key steps that the Administration and its partners are taking to help more students excel in math and science, and earn degrees in these subjects.

Noor Muhyi is a winner of the 2012 national NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which honors young women at the high school level for their achievements and aspirations in computing and technology and encourages them to continue in the field.

Noor, 18, is a senior at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has invented multiple electronic devices to aid special-education students in learning math concepts, and continues to research tools and interfaces to help special-needs students overcome disabilities. In addition to being honored with the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing she has received the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award, the New Mexico Hearing and Speech Association Award, and the Yale Science and Engineering Award.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is part of an NCWIT talent development program that encourages young women to succeed in a field where they are underrepresented. The program provides young women with visibility, community, leadership opportunities, support, research experiences, scholarships, and internships. Since 2007, the Award for Aspirations in Computing has recognized more than 700 young women; 93% of the award recipients currently in college report majoring or minoring in a science or technology field.

The White House Science Fair is part of the President’s Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President notes, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”

 

DATE: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET

LOCATION: White House

ON THE WEB: http://whitehouse.gov/live

TWITTER: @whitehouseostp,@whitehouse, #sciencefair 

NCWIT AWARD: http://www.ncwit.org/award

MEDIA RSVP: send email here to attend

Members of the media who do not have a White House hard pass must also submit their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of birth, country of citizenship and current city and state of residence.