You Can Code, But Can You Haiku?

Haiku Art

You can write code, but can you write haiku?

This was the challenge presented to winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing in their Facebook Group over the summer. 

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Winners receive  a range of terrific prizes, are honored publicly in their communities, are presented with scholarship and career opportunities, and participate in an online peer community with other young women who, like, them, are passionate about technology and computing.

The following haiku poems are the result of the challenge to the Facebook group. The idea itself was conceived by one of the students, and the top three most “liked” poems earned their winners a Computer Engineer Barbie from NCWIT. Following are some of the contest entries (click through on the authors' names to read their bios!)

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“I’m writing my code,

But I do not realize,

Hours have gone by”


By Alexa L.

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"The modem humming.

Code rapidly compiling.

Click. Perfect success."


By Stephanie S.

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“Love is binary,

twofold. You do or you don’t.

And programming? One.”


By Emily T.

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“Type, type, type away

Compile. Run. Hip hip hooray!

No error today!”

By Samantha W.

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“Input high tech dreams.

Instill them in young women.

Output NCWIT”


By Emily T.

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“In my classes, I've found

though we are quite similar,

we're very unique.

Some girls are like strings,

Always full of character (s);

They have things to say.

Some I have known were

More like compilers,

Finding my errors.

Some were unhappy

That we were the only ones,

The way that things are.

But I see I’m lucky

To have known all of these girls:

All great programmers.”


By Kate M.

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“Illegal start of type.

Find the method declaration,

watch your world compile”


By Serena B.

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“Another error.

Hours of coding go by.

Compile and repeat.”


By Emma M.

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“Coffee stains the desk--

A midnight compilation.

Hopefully, she waits.”


By Aardra R.

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“Cick, click, the noise starts

beeping, ticking, and purring...

FINALLY YOU'RE ON”


By Samee S.

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“Debugging once more

Her thoughtful smile now shines

Triumphant cheers ring”


By Tesca F.

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"Skynet comes to life

Robots overthrow humans

Forgot the kill switch”


By Penelope B.

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“Oh, Technology

You and my morning O.J.

Don't mix very well”


By Samantha W.

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”0001100110000101110001001 :)”

By Claribel P.

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“Computer error

what can i do to fix it?

restart always works”


By Caroline A.

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“Beauty, elegance,

a flawless form of logic,

my program is done”


By Caroline A.

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“Oh dear the suspense

Click compile and wait, will it work?

Smile with success”


By Rachel H.

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“Hours of brutal work.

All for two magical words.

"Hello World!" At last!”


By Lynnli W.

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“Mac versus Windows

Both have some advantages

Hey look, it's Linux!”


By Cassidy W.

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“Roommates in computing

We joke, shop, play, eat, talk, sing,

And program for fun”


By Cassidy W.

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“Trip to career fair

Company gets resume

Girl in computing?!?”


By Cassidy W.

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“Garbage collector

Collecting unused objects

Free up memory”


By Samantha A.

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“First day c++

only girl in the whole class

where do we all go?”


By Zippy G.

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”4 a.m. coding

More than sunrise, I dread this:

"Segmentation Fault."”


By Willa C.

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“Computer girl to

Computer geek. Why can't it

be the same for all?”


By Samantha W.

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“Taps on a keyboard

The busy hum of hard drives

Programming Party!”


By Sam M.

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“There's many errors

Oops, forgot the close bracket

Problem is solved”


By Samantha S.

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“I am an addict

to my iPod Touch, but wait,

there's an app for that.”


By Cassidy W.

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“Girl: When I grow up

I want to be Computer

Engineer Barbie.”


By Karla G.

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“*click* debug...error

"dang it!" *scroll* *click* *tap* *scroll* *click*

debug... complete. "YES!"”


By Sam M.

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“Public static void,

main (String[] args) open bracket,

"Hello World!", close brace”


By Katie B.

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“I can build a bot,

Run a website, code a game,

...But can't cook pasta.”


By Willa C.

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“Boys in my C.S.

class, think they know the world. but

C.S. is for girls”


By Sam M.

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“N! C!! W-I-T!!

Girls that love technology!

1 3 3 7 !”


By Diane E.

“Writing a haiku

Is much too difficult for

A CS Major.”


By Ayesha B.

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“So let us create

A code to generate some

Amazing Haikus”


By Jannat S.

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“Women are the base.

Notice it's called MOTHERboard.

We are the hard drive.”


By Keiko TF.