Aspirations in Paradise - Puerto Rico

March 21, 2012
Award Winners

Last night we held the Puerto Rico Award for Aspirations in Computing in partnership with the Georgia Tech College of Computing.  In classic Georgia Tech fashion, the event was fabulous.

Bay Area Aspirations: The Future

March 15, 2012
Award Winner

"Would you be interested in being a panelist at the 2012 NCWIT Bay Area Aspirations in Computing Awards?"

Being a 2010 Aspirations winner, I was definitely interested. How could I forget NCWIT and the people there who had inspired me to pursue computing in high school? Remembering all my remarkable experiences that had happened the past year that had stemmed from winning the NCWIT Aspirations Award, I replied to this question by email with an enthusiastic YES!

Prepare to be Inspired: The View from the Stage

March 12, 2012
Award Speaker

On Saturday March 3, 2012, I had the pleasure of serving as the master of ceremonies at the 3rd annual Bay Area Affiliate Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. This fantastic NCWIT program celebrates the hard work and talent of girls and teachers nationwide every year. It was a humbling and an inspiring moment. Twenty-three outstanding high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area were honored for their achievements in computer science.

TechChicks: A Mobile App by Girls, for Girls

March 4, 2012

In early December, I was introduced to the Motorola Mobility Grant project that  NCWIT was offering for Aspirations recipients. This is a project where young women are engaged in building a mobile application on the Android platform.

Aspirations, Inspirations, and the Girls Who Make it Happen

March 3, 2012
Award Winner

March 3, 2012,  the Bay Area  Aspirations Award Ceremony took place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Parents, teachers, supporters, and of course, the girls, filled the environment with smiles. The day was gorgeous, and the California sunshine definitely attended the event, too. Anyone could sense the excitement of the girls who were finally being told Good Job, Keep Going, You're Doing Great, You Can. 

Video Challenge for Aspirations in Computing Recipients

March 1, 2012
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Today, NCWIT announced the Aspirations in Computing Video Challenge! This contest is exclusively for NCWIT Award winners and runners-up.  The entire NCWIT community will be invited to participate in the voting. The top 10 videos in each category (individual and group – up to three members per group), as determined by the number of votes at the end of the contest will be considered finalists, and will be judged by a panel of NCWIT staff. 

Did You Know?

February 28, 2012

Online Learning and the Curse of Knowledge

Has your institution embraced new approaches to teaching and learning? A recent conference at Harvard looked at this topic, finding that "A growing body of evidence from the classroom, coupled with emerging research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, is lending insight into how people learn, but teaching on most college campuses has not changed much." As higher education institutions see a student body increasingly concerned with its "ROI" and feel competition from non-traditional online or vocational models, many are pushing to evolve their practices - exchanging lectures for writing or quizzes, and teaching graduate researchers how to teach. Do you think an openness to new pedagogical approaches could open the door for teaching and learning computing among a broader audience?

Did You Know?

February 16, 2012

Gender Stereotypes in Dallas Schools

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.

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing El Paso - Las Cruces Affiliate

February 10, 2012
Award Winners

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.

Back at the White House!

February 8, 2012
Award Winners

For the second time in as many months, winners of NCWIT's Award for Aspirations in Computing were at the White House this week for the second White House Science Fair