Advanced Computer Science for K-12

August 6, 2008
Dana Thompson Dorsey

In my reading,  I have learned that many women do not take more advanced computer science classes in high school because they are not counted academically when competing for college admissions slots.  Typically computer science courses, such as programming, are labeled as elective or technical art courses, which have no or very little competitive value in the college admissions process.  Given this reality, it is not surprising that most women enter college without considering computer science as a course of study or a career, even if they have an interest in computing. 

Microsoft Faculty Summit

August 5, 2008
Summit speakers

Last week I and a number of other representatives from NCWIT member organizations attended the 2008 Microsoft Faculty Summit, at the invitation of our host and NCWIT Executive Advisory Council member, Rick Rashid of Microsoft Research.  It was also great fun to see everybody, I learned a lot, and my attendance germinated some important new ideas for NCWIT.

In the opening session, Dr. Tony Hey talked about some cool new projects in the works at Microsoft Research:

NCWIT now on Facebook

July 27, 2008
Facebook logo

NCWIT has officially entered the world of social networking with our official NCWIT Supporters Facebook Group.  We encourage you to join.  Just search "NCWIT" within groups.  The group is open and membership is not restricted. As always, important information will always be available on the NCWIT website, but the Facebook group is a great way to have discussions and get to know one another (put faces to names).

BlogHer 08 Conference

July 23, 2008
BlogHer logo

"Do you blog too?"

That is what a man asked me, as I hopped on the elevator to join the hundreds (felt like thousands) of other female bloggers for our first day of talks at the Westin-St. Francis hotel in San Francisco.

Somehow, between the munching, swag-grabbing, shopping at Macys, and Wii-playing, professional bloggers, Mommy bloggers, and amateur bloggers all managed to hold numerous conversations about the intricacies of the blogosphere.

Why do people blog?

Talking Points & the Wisdom of Crowds

July 9, 2008
ISTE San Antonio poster

During the last week of June, thousands of educators, administrators, and policy-makers poured into San Antonio, Texas for the ISTE’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC).

Avon Micro-Grants Available for New K-12 Outreach Programs

June 29, 2008
Woman Speaker

I don't always read my Systers mail. It accumulates in a mailbox until I have the time to indulge myself in its wealth of information, insights, encouragement and opportunities for women, about women, by women. During one such binge a year ago, I came across a brief post announcing a new grant, the Hello Tomorrow Fund, created by Avon.

Sex and the City

June 11, 2008
Sex and the City

A few of us from NCWIT were in New York City the last week in May to attend a much-anticipated premiere ... no, not the "Sex and the City" movie, but the release of The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, & Technology.

Reflections on the May Meetings

May 21, 2008
Ruthe Farmer

Having been out of the fray for a bit (I am currently at Oxford completing an MBA) it was exhilarating to return to the U.S. for the NCWIT meetings at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana last week. The meeting kicked off with a keynote address by former astronaut and all-around amazing woman Dr. Mae Jemison.

Unplug Your Computer Science Curriculum!

May 13, 2008
CS Unplugged

NCWIT has added another Program-in-a-Box to our resource library: Computer Science-in-a-Box: Unplug Your Curriculum. This box introduces fundamental building blocks of computer science to K-12 students -- without using computers! Computer Science-in-a-Box is designed primarily for use with kids ages 9 to 14, and its activities teach students how computers work by explainng critical mathematics concepts such as number systems, algorithms, and logic.

Tech It Out Needs Your Input

April 30, 2008
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is embarking on a critical research project to measure the perceptions of career opportunities for women in technology, and to collect insights on women’s experiences, motivators, and career preferences in technology and potentially the cable industry.