Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is a sweeping national talent development initiative for young women in computing and information technology, from 5th grade through graduate school. The Aspirations program is supported nationally by AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and Symantec. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.

 

Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school.

Aspirations in Computing Educator Award

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (sponsored by AT&T) recognizes teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other educators who make a special effort to support girls' interest in technology and promote gender equality in computing. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/educators.

(NEW!) Collegiate Award

The NCWIT Collegiate Award (sponsored by Hewlett-Packard) honors outstanding undergraduate women for their computing and technical accomplishments. Awardees receive $7,500 cash award and recognition at the annual NCWIT Summit. Applications open January 2015. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/college.

Aspirations in Computing Community

The Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg) is a phenomenal source of information, peer and professional networking, as well as support and encouragement for more than 3,300 technical young women from over 575 corporations, non-profits, and academic institutions. Technical young women are invited to reunions, meet-ups, and webinars hosted around the country, in addition to exclusive access to technical projects, internships, and jobs.

Membership to the community is one requirement of the Collegiate Award, and college students can apply now! Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/college-students.

AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program

The AspireIT middle school outreach program (sponsored by Google, Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Orbotix) helps near-peer program leaders share their passion for computing by exposing middle school girls to computing concepts and inviting them to explore this exciting field. Since 2013, AspireIT has launched 70 programs, providing an estimated 115,000 hours of computing education to nearly 2,000 girls in 23 states. AspireIT aims to engage more than 10,000 girls by 2018. Find out more at www.ncwit.org/aspireit.

 

 

People Involved: 

Ammi Ludwick

Aspirations in Computing Program Director
NCWIT

Malia Fredrickson

Awards Program Manager
NCWIT

Lauren Von Roenn

Program Operations Manager
NCWIT

Ruthe Farmer

K-12 Alliance Manager
NCWIT

Charlie McDowell

Academic Alliance Project Team Co-Chair Liaison
University of California - Santa Cruz

Kamaljeet Sanghera

Academic Alliance Project Team Co-Leader
George Mason University