2nd Annual GEM Contest

June 28, 2010
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This spring the University of Nebraska at Lincoln completed its 2nd Annual Girl Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) contest.  Based on our introduction and exit surveys, we observed some interesting and encouraging results.  Overall, more than half of students who completed both surveys reported improved views towards computer science.  Participants also reported specifically inreased confidence in their CS knowledge and abilities and interests in majoring in CS.  They also reported that it does not make sense that there are more men than wo

News Roundup

June 25, 2010

We’re still buzzing about the article in The Wall Street Journal last week examining Best Buy’s new initiatives to attract women consumers.  It’s no secret that women influence purchasing decisions in the majority of U.S. households, even when it comes to electronics; and with its efforts to reach out to women, Best Buy is seeing an uptick in profits.

News Roundup

June 11, 2010

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a nice excerpt from Tuesday’s Astia We Own IT Summit explaining why venture capital needs more women in their firms, and why simply having one woman partner in a firm isn’t enough.  Take this anecdote from Cindy Padnos, founder of Illuminate Ventures and publisher of a whitepaper on women and entrepreneurship:

News Roundup

June 4, 2010

The Conference Board this week released its latest data on the number of science and engineering job openings across the U.S., as well as the ratio of job openings to job-seekers. (The Conference Board updates these data monthly, and many see them as a marker of economic health for particular industry sectors.)

This experience was amazing!

May 27, 2010
Award Winner

Polly is a winner of the Portland Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, our award recognizing outstanding high school women for their computing aspirations and achievements. Below she describes receiving her award at a ceremony during NCWIT's Portland, Oregon, Summit on Women and IT last week, and her thoughts on the award's impact.

Programming Artificial Intelligence Into a LEGO Robot

May 19, 2010
Lego Robots

Hello! My name is Tesca and I am one of the national winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. I have always enjoyed programming, and especially programming the LEGO® robot on my FIRST LEGO® League robotics team. Two years ago, as the lead programmer of my robotics team, I developed software that would allow my team's robot to read instructions from a text file.

Friday Roundup: New Resources!

May 14, 2010

Hi everyone, we look forward to seeing you at the NCWIT Summit on Women and IT in Portland, Oregon next week!

We’ll be releasing several new and updated resources at the Summit, and we thought we’d give you a preview here.  You’ll find more new resources at our website, here.

Gender and Computing Conference Papers

May 13, 2010
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More than 40 years of data on authorship of ACM conference papers describe women’s contribution to this important aspect of computing professional life.

Barbie Mentor Program - My Day with Yoky Matsuoka

May 9, 2010
Barbie Mentor Program

If the world was a perfect place, every girl would have a mentor like Yoky Matsuoka. On April 15th, I was lucky enough to shadow Yoky at the University of Washington in Seattle through the Barbie I Can Be mentor program. The program matched ten girls across the country to ten mentors in varying fields in the hopes of inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams. I was nominated through NCWIT and was ecstatic when I found out that I would be able to participate.