NCWIT Attending 2014 Google RISE Global Summit to Work with Computing Outreach Programs
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will participate in the 2014 RISE Global Summit at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California from April 14-16, 2014.
NCWIT received the 2014 Google Roots in Science and Technology (RISE) Award in recognition of NCWIT AspireIT – a national technology education initiative for middle school girls, supported by Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Google. In 2014, NCWIT AspireIT will serve more than 1,300 middle school girls with over 50,000 instruction hours in computing and technology using a “near-peer,” hands-on approach. NCWIT granted $123,500 to 46 local programs across 19 states focused on inspiring middle school girls to consider careers in technology.
“The lack of formal computing education in schools especially impacts girls and many youth of color,” said Jennifer Manning, NCWIT AspireIT Manager. “By offering more informal opportunities through AspireIT, we’re able to introduce computing concepts in exciting ways and encourage these young girls to consider technology careers.”
Since its inception in 2010, RISE Awards support organizations that engage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programs. This year, $1.5 million was contributed to its partners.
“Google has a critical role to play in making computer science more accessible and inclusive globally, especially for girls,” said Hai Hong, K12 Outreach Program Manager at Google. “This education is key, not just for developing tech sector talent, but for creating technology that makes a difference. We're invigorated by the work of the 2014 RISE Award winners and look forward to partnering with them to inspire the next generation of computer scientists.”
NCWIT is pleased to be among 42 organizations named as 2014 Google RISE Award recipients, as well as one of two organizations based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. Scalable Game Design, another CU Boulder project, was also named. Scalable Game Design focuses on reinventing computer science in public schools by motivating and educating all students, including women and underrepresented communities, to learn about computer science through game design starting at the middle school level. NCWIT offers research on this concept including a Promising Practice available at www.ncwit.org/scalablegamedesign.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 500 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT helps organizations more effectively recruit, retain, and advance girls and women in K-12 through college education, and from academic to corporate and startup careers. Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.
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NCWIT AspireIT is a component of NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology by providing structured, long-term engagement and support from middle school through high school and from college into the workforce. Find out more at http://www.aspirations.org.