Aspirations in Computing

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides technical girls and women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce. AiC Community members are supported by their peers, volunteers, and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and professional work. Community members also give back to others by planning and leading computing experiences for middle school girls and high school women. These opportunities allow women of the Community to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce.

 

AiC serves 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all U.S. military bases overseas.

Applications are now open for the 2018 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing awards for 9th-12th grade women and educators, as well as college women in tech!

Find out more at www.aspirations.org.

Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for AiC honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. To date, nearly 8,600 women have been honored with the Award for AiC. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school.

Aspirations in Computing Educator Award

The NCWIT AiC Educator Award publicly celebrates formal and informal educators who encourage high school women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits. To date, nearly 400 educators have been honored. The NCWIT AiC Educator Award is sponsored by AT&T. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/educators.

Collegiate Award

The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact. The NCWIT Collegiate Award is sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Qualcomm. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/collegiate-award.

Aspirations in Computing Community

The AiC Community is a phenomenal network for technical women who receive benefits such as private invitations to virtual and in-person meet-ups, visibility for technical achievements, computing outreach programs in local communities for growing members’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills, hands-on activities for exploring computer science concepts, exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and job opportunities. The AiC Community is financially supported by Bloomberg with college entry sponsorship and additional support by HP and Qualcomm. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/college-students.

AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program

The AspireIT K-12 outreach program (sponsored by Google, Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Sphero) connects high school and college women with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments that are supported by program partners from the NCWIT community. The relationship between the program leaders and their program partners fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills. Find out more at www.ncwit.org/aspireit.

 

 

People Involved: 

Edie Cheng

Aspirations in Computing Director of Programs and Personnel
NCWIT

Jamie Adler

Aspirations in Computing Strategic Growth & Enablement Consultant
Consultant

Ammi Ludwick

Aspirations in Computing Recognitions Program Director
NCWIT

Jennifer Manning

AspireIT Program Manager
NCWIT

Bridget Quinn

Regional Affiliate Manager
NCWIT

Kathy Zettl-Schaffer

Regional Affiliate Manager
Consultant

Terina-Jasmine (TJ) Alladin

Regional Affiliate Manager (RAM) & AiC Community Manager
NCWIT

Eva Bradshaw

Regional Affiliate Manager
NCWIT

John Kelly

Regional Affiliate Manager
NCWIT

Tanner Bergamo

Program Assistant
NCWIT