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. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.

Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft). Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school.

Aspirations in Computing Educator Award

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (sponsored by AT&T) publicly celebrates high school educators who encourage girls’ interest and participation in technology pursuits. Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to encourage the participation of girls in computing. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/educators.

Collegiate Award

The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hewlett Packard, Inc., and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of collegiate women at all levels. Conferred upon six students annually, the Award recognizes women’s technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact. Find out more at www.aspirations.org/participate/collegiate-award.

Aspirations in Computing Community

The Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community is a phenomenal network for technical women who receive benefits such as private invitations to virtual and in-person meetups, 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