AspireIT Programs

  • Got IT?

    Got IT? aims to challenge the narrow perceptions of computer science by educating middle school girls about the infinite creative possibilities that programming offers them. Through mediums of Alice, Kodu, and CS Unplugged, participants will have a chance to show off their inventiveness while exploring the fundamentals of coding. Throughout the program, speakers from the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech will elaborate on various research and career opportunities that CS provides.  Specific program dates TBA- will be on 1-31-2015, 2-21-2015 or 2-14-2015, and 3-21-2015 or 3-28-2015.

    Leader(s): 
    Allison Collier and Svetlana Marhefka
    Location: 
    Blacksburg, VA
    Date: 
    January 31, 2015 to March 28, 2015
  • GREAT- GiRls Excited About Technology

    GiRls Excited About Technology (GREAT) is an after-school program designed to introduce middle school girls to technology by exposing them to various components of computing, and showing how they are used and applied in everyday life. The curriculum will include designing, building, and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots, creating apps through MIT's App Inventor, and learning how to code through Khan Academy and code.org. This program takes place 9-1-2014 through 4-27-2015, every Monday.

    Leader(s): 
    Selena Feng
    Institution(s): 
    Location: 
    Charlottesville, VA
    Date: 
    September 1, 2014 to April 27, 2015
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    INSPIRE

    INSPIRE will introduce computer science concepts to inner-city Atlanta middle school female students through the use of Scratch, Alice, and Kodu. Program leaders, as well as college female students and Georgia Tech faculty will work together to organize and run the program. With the addition of special guest speakers from computer science-related backgrounds, we will be able to engage participants with the wide range of fields within computing. Our goal is to teach female middle school students basic computer science concepts and to propose computer science as a viable career option. 

    Session 1 March 6th, 2014 every Thurs. from 5-7:30 through April 17th, 2014
    Session 2 Summer TBA- every Thursday for 6 weeks

    Leader(s): 
    Emily Takagi
    Location: 
    Atlanta, GA
    Date: 
    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Apr 17 2014 .
    March 6, 2014
    March 13, 2014
    March 20, 2014
    March 27, 2014
    April 3, 2014
    April 10, 2014
    April 17, 2014
  • INTech

    The program will expose middle school girls to technology and show them how to successfully design, develop, and deliver a product. It will begin with a discussion about technology to uncover the myths of the field. Following the discussion, there will be a panel of women who work in technology from the Charlotte area. The participants will learn that they can create applications that will allow them to become entrepreneurs in the future. Through the panel, they will also learn about the vast career opportunities available in technology. 

    Leader(s): 
    Khalia Braswell
    Location: 
    Charlotte, NC
    Date: 
    April 26, 2014
  • IT is for Girls

    IT Is for Girls aims to help middle school girls “think outside the box.” The week-long summer camp will utilize Scratch, App Inventor, Kodu, Lego robotics, and CS Unplugged activities, and will include field trips and campus visits. The three program leaders bring strong skillsets including Robotics experience, website design, and management experience, as well as an externship at Google (an AspireIT sponsor). This is the second year for this camp.

    Leader(s): 
    Naomi Thomas, Sahana Giridharan, Annie Xi
    Location: 
    Greensboro, NC
    Date: 
    July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014
  • ITC Camp

    ITC Camp is a week-long summer camp designed to spark middle school girls' interest in computing. Participants will explore MIT App Inventor, meet with women currently working in IT, and visit a local company to see what it's like to have a career in technology. This program is August 4-9, 2014.

    Leader(s): 
    Sara Xiang, Jessica Xiang, Angelika Modawal
    Location: 
    Mason, OH
    Date: 
    August 4, 2014 to August 9, 2014
  • Journey into IT

    Journey into IT will be a two-week program held in Miami Lakes Educational Center's computer labs in Miami Lakes, Florida. The program will teach girls the basics and essentials of IT, introducing them to different subjects in IT that they might not be so familiar with. They will hear guest speakers talk about their professions and what they do day-to-day in their chosen career pathways. Participants will "journey" through the possibilities and advantages that Information Technology can bring. Journey Into IT is led by a team of four girls who all have experience in IT fields, specifically Cisco Networking.

    Leader(s): 
    Brianna Ortega
    Institution(s): 
    Location: 
    Miami Lakes, FL
    Date: 
    June 16, 2014 to June 27, 2014
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    Lego Robotics Academy for Girls

    The Lego Robotics Academy for Girls is a five-day robotics program that teaches building, programming, and many applications of Lego Mindstorm Robotics to middle school girls in grades 6 to 8. The class will be taught by girl student members of the Kalani Robotics team. Students will learn about different computing-related career paths they can take. They will also receive a $65 scholarship upon completing the session. Many thanks to the University of Hawaii Computer Sciences department, NCWIT’s AspireIT program, and the Kalani Robotics team for making this program possible. Specific dates and times are to be determined.

    Leader(s): 
    Camelia Lai
    Location: 
    Honolulu, HI
    Date: 
    July 14, 2014 to July 18, 2014
  • LITAS For Girls (Learning Information Technology, Applications, and Software for Girls)

    LITAS For Girls is a year-long, after-school program that aims to inspire middle school girls to pursue computing careers by introducing them to computer science technologies. The students will learn visual programming through Alice, game development through Bootstrap, and app development through MIT's AppInventor. Afterwards, the students will create their own project to solve a social program of their choice, using the technology skills they have learned. At the end of the program, the girls will present their project in a Technology Showcase to several women CEOs of technology corporations. 

    Leader(s): 
    Anvita Gupta
    Location: 
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Date: 
    September 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015
  • Aimee

    Making a Difference- Girls, Technology and Social Change

    Making a Difference focuses on exposing participants to both Kodu and Alice 3D. Girls will spend three weeks on each program and on each campus. Serving on two different campuses will expose even more girls to technology. This is the second year for this camp. Session 1 (Fort Myers site 10am-1pm) 5-31-2014, 6-7-2014, 6-14-2014, 6-21-2014, 6-28-2014, 7-5-2014. Session 2 7-12-2014, 7-19-2014, 7-26-2014, 8-2-2014, 8-9-2014, 8-16-2014.

    Last Year's Photos

    Leader(s): 
    Aimee Jasso
    Institution(s): 
    Location: 
    Fort Myers, FL and Naples, FL
    Date: 
    Repeats every week every Saturday 12 times .
    May 31, 2014
    June 7, 2014
    June 14, 2014
    June 21, 2014
    June 28, 2014
    July 5, 2014
    July 12, 2014
    July 19, 2014
    July 26, 2014
    August 2, 2014
    August 9, 2014
    August 16, 2014
  • Oakwood Coding Club

    Oakwood Intermediate School's Coding Club holds biweekly meetings for middle school students interested in math, science, and computer science. Using Ruby, this program teaches students to create a game and apply computer science to solving problems in the community. The latest community project includes creating a web form that allows economically disadvantaged families to request items of need and sponsor families to donate matching items. The student participants are mentored by Shreya Shankar, a junior at A&M Consolidated High School who hopes to share her passion for computer science with the younger members of her generation.

    Leader(s): 
    Shreya Shanker
    Location: 
    College Station, TX
    Date: 
    September 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015
  • Program yoUr Future (PUF)

    Program yoUr Future (PUF) aims to raise awareness for women in technology and complement the education of local middle school girls. Girls participating in PUF will gain programming basics using App Inventor and Scratch. They will also identify a social issue or problem and design a solution integrating the use of information technology. In addition to computing skills, participants will gain networking skills as they interact with and learn from IT and STEM mentors and keynote speakers, as well as participate in mock interviews. Students will also have the opportunity to go on field trips to local museums or tech companies. Program orientation: April 12, 2014. Workshop series: May 3, 2014, May 17, 2014, May 24, 2014, May 31, 2014, June 7, 2014. Summer Code Camp June 23-27, 2014.

    Leader(s): 
    Alankrita Dayal
    Institution(s): 
    Location: 
    Bay Area, CA
    Date: 
    June 23, 2014 to June 27, 2014
  • Tippermans

    Robot Springboard Technology Camp @ Drexel University

    Robot Springboard Technology Camp is a one-week camp for middle school girls covering robotics, computing, brainstorming, and leadership skills. During the week-long camp, attendees will work with the Lego Mindstorms Robotics kits and NXT software language, learning to utilize digital and analog sensors. At lunchtime, they will meet and speak with women working in technology fields, at Drexel University, and in the greater Philadelphia area. Daily "groupthink" and brainstorming exercises will develop leadership skills. The course will culminate in a Technology Showcase where attendees demonstrate their newly acquired computing and robotics knowledge to friends and family. This is the second year for this camp. Program dates: August 4-8, 2014.

    Leader(s): 
    Hannah and Rachael Peck Tipperman
    Institution(s): 
    Location: 
    Philadelphia, PA
    Date: 
    August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
  • Smart Girls: Robots R' Us

    The Smart Girls Robots R’ Us program is a full-day computer science summer program for 25 middle school girls taught by one computer science faculty mentor, one AiC recipient, and two female Girls Inc. program leaders. With the long-term goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and female representation in computing, Smart Girls Robots R’ Us introduces these young girls to the various aspects of computer science, professional and academic role models, potential careers and work environments. For a full summer, student participants will spend their mornings designing and coding LEGO robots. At various intervals, these girls will create games using a visual programming language named SCRATCH. In the afternoons, participants will also learn about the more theoretical aspects of computer science.

    Leader(s): 
    Paulana Hall
    Location: 
    Colombus, GA
    Date: 
    May 26, 2014 to August 29, 2014
  • STEM Reach

    STEM Reach is a program in which girls from STEM High School (Redmond, WA) mentor middle school girls from around the Lake Washington School District, focusing on teaching basic computer science skills through the use of various programming tools such as Scratch, PyGame, and Kodu. This outreach program will be an internship offered at STEM High School for girls interested in mentoring and will serve as an after-school program for the middle school girls. Most importantly, STEM Reach seeks to introduce girls to the endless opportunities offered by the STEM fields. Program dates are April 16-May 21, 2014.

    Leader(s): 
    Alka Pai
    Location: 
    Redmond, WA
    Date: 
    April 16, 2014 to May 21, 2014
  • TECH Camps (Trinity Encouraging Computing for Her)

    TECH (Trinity Encouraging Computing for Her) Camps teach middle school girls from the San Antonio area about the wonders of computing. Their main project is to explore social issues and design an Android app using MIT's App Inventor to help solve a societal problem. Girls will also explore the exciting new areas of 3D printing and wearable tech. Local women who are tech professionals will participate in an interactive panel discussion, allowing girls to hear about different opportunities to study computing at the collegiate level. TECH Camps hopes participants will finish the program with a sense of accomplishment and a passion for computing that lasts a lifetime. The program will be 3-29-2014, 4-5-2014, and 4-12-2014 to 4-13-2014.

    Leader(s): 
    Kylie Moden
    Institution(s): 
    Location: 
    San Antonio, TX
    Date: 
    April 12, 2014 to April 13, 2014
  • Tech Girls

    The participants of Tech Girls will learn to use App Inventor to build apps that utilize a smartphone's capabilities (touchscreen, accelerometer, and camera) as well as learn how to incorporate APIs. They will build an app that uses the Google Maps API to find the nearest Goodwill/homeless shelter and creates a checklist for items to donate. Participants will also learn how to create a simple animation, using Scratch. Career exploration components include visits to Georgia Tech engineering labs (Robotics Lab, Invention Studio, etc.), hearing guest speaker graduate students working on Google Glass projects, and exploring DotDiva so that participants can explore the different career possibilities in computing

    Leader(s): 
    Tiffany Hsieh
    Location: 
    Greensboro, NC
    Date: 
    July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014
  • Techgirls Rev

    TechGirls Rev seeks to provide young girls an early opportunity to discover their individual passions in programming. With a combined curriculum of Scratch, Bootstrap and App Inventor, the girls learn the foundations of game design and application development. The program will culminate with group projects where students apply their learning and creativity to build their own technical solutions to community issues. Through fieldtrips to local Silicon Valley museums and guest speakers, the girls will not only gain fundamental programming skills, but also explore the exciting aspects in pursuing careers in the engineering, computing, and IT fields. 

    Leader(s): 
    Kasey Yu, Nancy Xu, Leilani Reyes
    Location: 
    Berkeley, CA
    Date: 
    April 5, 2014 to July 15, 2014
  • Techie Girls

    Techie Girls is a two-week summer camp meant to inspire girls to develop a love for computer science and technology. The camp will provide a sampling of game design, web design, and app creation through programs like Microsoft Kodu and App Inventor. Participants will learn technology skills that may not be accessible at school and will get a preview of their possible futures in technology education and careers. They will also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, such as developing their own applications. As Program Leaders Crystal Hsieh and Jessica Lin are currently studying computer science themselves, they hope to spark the participants' interests in computing. This is the second year for this camp. Program dates are September 8-19, 2014

    Leader(s): 
    Crystal Hsieh, Jessica Lin
    Location: 
    Irvine, CA
    Date: 
    September 8, 2014 to September 19, 2014
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    UCLA Community School

    This workshop provides an overview of introductory programming principles using Java with an emphasis on object oriented programming. It will introduce basic concepts including conditional control structures, loops and methods. Students will learn to use the Java compiler BlueJ and will try their hands at writing short programs. May 24, 2014.

    Leader(s): 
    Lara Bagdasarian
    Location: 
    Los Angeles
    Date: 
    May 24, 2014
  • US-Be Engineers

    The semester-long program US-Be Engineers will encourage minority girls to express their own personality and creativity through designing mobile applications and games. Program Leader Meghana Gudur will give girls a sampling of computing concepts, mobile technology, and game design using CS Unplugged, AppInventor, and Kodu. By tackling the social issue of body image and the media, a diverse group of girls will come together and help each other using technology. In addition, the program will help girls realize the endless career opportunities in computing, engineering, and IT through guest speakers and field trips. By the program’s end, participants should acquire skills in teamwork, problem solving, and logic.

    Leader(s): 
    Meghana Gudur
    Location: 
    East Point, GA
    Date: 
    October 2, 2014 to December 11, 2014
  • Dana and Aleis Murphy

    ALICE WORKSHOPS FOR GIRLS

    With Alice Workshops for Girls, sisters Aleis and Dana Murphy will offer two-week camps on Alice programming this summer. The first week is targeted to beginners while the second is for intermediate programmers who are either returning from previous summers or who are excited enough to continue on for a second session. As students at Duke University and Stanford University and daughters of programmer parents, the Murphy sisters offer impassioned leadership and a desire to share their passion with younger girls.

    Leader(s): 
    Aleis and Dana Murphy
    Institution(s): 
    Location: 
    Greensboro, NC
    Date: 
    July 8, 2013 to August 2, 2013
  • Marion Lewis

    ASPIRING WOMEN EXPLORING SCIENCE, MATH, AND ENGINEERING (AWESOME)

    Aspiring Women Exploring Science, Math, and Engineering (AWESOME) is a series of Saturday adventure workshops focused on applying programming skills to design, construct, and program LEGO Mindstorm robots for underwater applications. Glenbrook South High School will use high school mentors from its STEM Learning Community to encourage middle school girls to stay involved in STEM beyond their school-aged years. The program will culminate with a Women in STEM Breakfast where mentors in STEM fields will provide inspiration. 

    Leader(s): 
    Marion Lewis
    Location: 
    Des Plaines, IL
    Date: 
    Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Nov 16 2013 .
    November 2, 2013
    November 9, 2013
    November 16, 2013
  • Rian Walker

    BULLDOG BYTES

    Bulldog Bytes will focus on the risk of identity theft to teenagers by having campers discover the powers of technology, both as a threat and a preventative support mechanism. Leader Rian Walker has arranged female guest speakers from the Army Corps of Engineers, FedEx, and Hewlett-Packard. She has a wealth of experience as an elementary school volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is skilled in HTML, PHP, MySQL, C++, and C#. 

    Photo Gallery

    Leader(s): 
    Rian Walker
    Location: 
    Mississippi State, MS
    Date: 
    June 23, 2013 to June 27, 2013
  • Hiranya Mir

    COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ANIMATION (STEM CAMP)

    Hiranya Mir has experience running camps for younger girls in her local community and has tutored her peers in Cisco networking and IT essentials.  Her Computer Science and Animation STEM Camp will use Alice/Storytelling Alice as its curriculum. The program also will engage Embry Riddle University upperclasswomen to mentor freshwomen as a way to provide additional support and visibility for the university’s women in computing. 

    Leader(s): 
    Hiranya Mir
    Location: 
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Date: 
    June 10, 2013 to June 14, 2013

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