NOTE:NCWIT and Bank of America awarded the 2009 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing on Saturday, March 7 to 32 high-school women from across the country. Below, Kitt Vanderwater -- who was a winner of the August 2008 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing -- writes about her thoughts on being an award-winner.
TechStars is a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program that provides early-stage technology entrepreneurs with a summer-long "boot camp" to help grow their companies. TechStars provides a small amount of funding ($12,000-$18,000) for the summer, but the program is really all about focused and intensive mentorship.
As I wrote in my first blog about Educon 2.1, a school reform conference with a strong technology bent, I attended a pre-conference workshop called, "Constructing Modern Math/Science Knowledge." As an educator with a strong constructivist bent I was eager to hear Gary Stager, Brian Silverman (Picocrickets), Carolyn Staudt (Molecular Workbench), and others discuss how computers can function as learning material.
I was fortunate enough to attend the 44th Presidential Inauguration last week in Washington, D.C. As our new president was speaking and the excitement of the crowd grew, it struck me how well the Obama campaign has used technology to bring about this momentous occasion.
This is one of the most frequent questions asked of NCWIT by K-12 educators and IT professionals alike. A great way to get involved is to mentor a young, aspiring, female technologist who would benefit from your expertise and wisdom.