Today is Ada Lovelace day, the day we should acknowledge our tech heroines.
So this is to all my heroines: those women who decided to create something new. Something techy and new! Those who found their calling and passion in innovation and feel their lives won't be complete without it. Those who pursue the unknown, face the anxiety, invite the thrill and enjoy the pride that comes with the outcome.
For the ones who decided that moving forward is better than staying in place. For those who are taking us all forward with them.
NOTE:NCWIT and Bank of America awarded the 2009 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing on Saturday, March 7th, to 32 high-school women from across the country. Elisabeth Morant won her NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing at the Bank of America Celebrating Stars of the Future Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in August 2008.
The Michigan Council of Women in Technology, using research on when most girls lose interest in technical subjects, has been running a summer technology camp for middle school girls for five years now. The goals of Camp Infinity are to solve these three key issues:
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.