Girls in increasing numbers have been opting out of the worlds of math, science, and technology as courses in school and as careers. The GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) club has been working since 1994 to reverse this trend and to expose 3rd through 8th grade girls to the fun and wonder of these fields. Over 40 clubs have begun around the country.
GenYES is the only student-centered research-based solution for school-wide technology integration. Students work with teachers to design technology-infused lessons and provide tech support. GenYES students learn life-long technology and leadership skills and teachers benefit from on-site, sustainable technology integration support. GenYES builds a campus-wide collaborative learning community!
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Georgia Tech has 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students who receive a focused, technologically based education. The Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Management, Sciences, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit youth organization devoted to inspiring young girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
Launched in Spring 2012, Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful - for everyone. They also believe that everyone has the right to become an active creator of the technology that is revolutionizing the world. Through their pre-university outreach programs, they aspire to expose students of all backgrounds, and particularly girls, to the opportunities and excitement of careers in computing. Google aspires to recognize international diversity. The company utilizes the best talent by hiring employees of diversity to enhance different ideas and perspectives to improve the search engine's services and products. Google sponsors several NCWIT programs including NCWIT Aspirations in Computing and NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP).
IGNITE, an acronym for Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution, is a network of girls and women who dream big dreams. The women work with technology in nearly every imaginable sector of the work world. The girls - typical high school students trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives - use familiar technology everyday (cell phones, video games, the Internet), but most have never considered careers that envision, develop, market, sell, apply, or rely on these and other technologies. When the women share their personal stories with the girls, sparks of curiosity, knowledge, hope, and possibility are ignited. The synergy generated by this interaction soon has the girls blazing paths to previously unimagined futures of their own.
Intel is known as a leader of innovative technology. Intel is commited to employing diversity to create market-driving products and technology designed to make a difference. Intel supports the Award for Aspirations in Computing, AspireIT, and the pipeline of future tech talent they nurture. Along with HP, Intel was involved in NCWIT's Image Strategist staff position and provided support to the K-12 Alliance, which is working to advance the image and teaching of computing at the K-12 level. The Women at Intel Network (WIN) is a valuable resource to expose members to a diverse group of individuals and ideas. WIN aims to establish an environment where expansion of the company is growing and learning is continuous.
Lisa Neal-Graves, Bev Crair, Alyson Crafton, Barbara McAllister
International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
ISTE helps educators around the world connect with information, people, and organizations. An organization of great diversity, ISTE presents ground-breaking educational technology books and programs; holds professional development workshops, forums, and symposia; and researches, evaluates, and publicizes findings regarding educational technology on an international level.