Did you know that last week Dallas public schools bussed thousands of boys to a movie screening of "Red Tails" -- which tells the story of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen pilots, who during World War II became the first black aviators to serve in the U.S. Military -- but excluded girls? A spokesman for the Dallas Independent School District said officials took only boys to see "Red Tails" because space at the movie theater was limited; leaders of the district also "thought boys would enjoy the movie more than girls." Some female students were shown a different movie instead, "Akeelah and the Bee," about an 11-year-old girl who competes in a national spelling bee.
On February 10, 2012, the NCWIT El Paso/Las Cruces Affiliate Award Event was held at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Chemistry and Computer Science Building. During this ceremony, the winners and runners-up of the award were recognized for their achievements and provided with their respective rewards. The winner of the educator award, Mr. Ismail Turel, was also revered in this event. Amongst the winners were Andrea Rivera, who was also a was a national winner, and Noor Muhyi, who not only was a national winner, but was also selected to participate at the White House Science Fair.
Last year, NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Innovation Advisory Board. This board was formally established as part of the 2010 America COMPETES Act, to guide a study of U.S. innovation and competitiveness that would help inform job creation and global economic and technological success.
Apple is pleased to offer an iPhone Scholarship of $10,000, coupled with a summer internship, to five computer science students and alumna from a select list of universities and to winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing!
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Grace Hopper Conference in Portland, Oregon. It was a great opportunity to meet students, professionals, parents, teachers, and supporters – all in the field of computing! We had the chance to attend numerous info sessions ranging from topics like applying to graduate school to creating a start-up. Additionally, there were two inspiring keynotes given by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.