As one of two girls that were offered an engineering internship at an engineering company in Mooresville, North Carolina, I spent the summer stretching my knowledge and broadening my horizons to real-world problems, work hours, nuclear power plant testing, vendor communication and more.
Did you know that the "tipping point" for ideas and beliefs can be reached with adoption from just 10% of the population? Using computational models of social cognitive networks, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that when "just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society." The researchers modeled different kinds of social networks with different levels and points of influence.
Did you know that the NCWIT Scorecard isn't just a set of statistics on girls, women, computing, and IT; it also provides a terrific explanation for why women's participation matters? Did you know that the Scorecard gives you tips for how you can make a difference, and is available in multiple easy-to-use formats?
There's a meme floating around the web about the talent war and the competition for "star" performers. A piece at the NY Times recently discussed the trend of buying startups in order to capitalize on their founders' talents, with Mark Zuckerberg saying that “someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good. They are 100 times better."
Did you know that Google's Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) program is sponsoring workshops at more than 60 locations this summer? CS4HS brin gs computer science professional development and computational thinking workshops to middle and high school educators through three-day workshops, and gives them the tools and networking opportunities to succeed both inside and beyond the classroom. Google provides the funding for CS4HS (about $15-20K) to universities and the universities (often in conjunction with local Google employees) develop the curriculum.
As a winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Educator Award in Puerto Rico, I would like to thank everyone at NCWIT and at Google for the opportunity they are bringing to teachers and young women to really make the difference. Thanks to the Award, many doors were opened to me.
Did you know that U.S. schools with a majority of African-American students are twice as likely to have teachers with little experience as majority white schools in the same district? Recently released demographic data from approximately 7,000 school districts, released by the Department of Education, shed light on the differences in U.S. educational opportunities and resources.