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.
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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.
Iridescent is a science-education nonprofit that helps engineers, scientists and high-tech professionals bring cutting edge science, technology and engineering to high school girls, and underprivileged minority children and their families. Iridescent's mission is to use science, technology and engineering to develop persistent curiosity and to show that knowledge is empowering.
A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
KISS Institute is a not-for-profit organization that uses educational robotics programs to actively engage students in science, technology, engineering, math, and project management. KISS Institute strives to improve the public's understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math, develop the skills, character, and aspirations of students; and contribute to the enrichment of our school systems, communities, and the nation.
Maker Ed provides training, community of support and resources to educators so that they have what they need to create learning experiences that engage and motivate students. Maker education is an interactive, open-ended approach to learning that allows students of all abilities to develop diverse skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking.
Our programs, such as our Maker VISTA (Americorps) program, focus on underserved and unrepresented communities.
Microsoft has been supporting NCWIT's work since 2004 and is an active Strategic Partner. Microsoft and Microsoft Research have supported many initiatives to increase women's participation in technology across the K-12 education pipeline and into the IT workforce. Its programmatic support includes the Academic Alliance Seed Fund and the Aspirations in Computing program.
MOUSE is an innovative youth development organization that empowers underserved students to provide technology support and leadership in their schools, supporting their academic and career success. The MOUSE Squad program trains students to become digital media and technology experts in their schools, improving the use of technology to enhance learning, while also building confidence and developing skills for 21st century innovation. MOUSE connects students around shared interests as a national network of youth technology leaders.
My College Options is the nation's largest college planning program, operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA). This free, online community offers assistance to students, parents, educators and counselors nationwide in exploring a wide range of post-secondary opportunities, with special emphasis on the college search process.