Award for Aspirations in Computing, November 2007 Winners
Manpreet: By knowing how to create it, there's a means to progress. You can create better technology from where you sit.
Kaitlin: This realm is so broad.
Leona: If you have the passion for it, you can do anything. [music]
Nicole Mina: What first got me started was going to a science camp called Splash, and it broadened my horizons. It started making me see, "Oh, science is a really cool aspect!" [music]
Kayleigha: I love to design new layouts. I don't like to use templates. I like to create it on my own so that it's something that I can say I really did. [music]
Amy: I started programming last year, in AP Computer Science. It's very interesting because it focuses a different field than any of my other classes. [music]
Nicole: As a blind person, I depend on technology. I wanted to understand it. I thought the best way to do that was to take computer programming. [music]
Kaitlin: I love technology, because there's so many opportunities. It's boundless. It's efficient. It's such a growing industry. [music]
Melinda: There's something that captivates my attention. It's just something that I can really get into. [music]
Lenda: Everything is so complicated. It keeps changing, so you're always learning something new. [music]
Manpreet: My favorite part of technology is creativity.
Lenda: When it breaks down it feels good to be able to fix it. You feel a sense of accomplishment, like you're very smart.
Nicole: It challenges you, and I like helping others with the programs I create.
Manpreet: Technology, overall, is a big jigsaw puzzle. [music]
Lenda: I look at things in depth now. I automatically imagine how it works because I'm so used to creating things.
Nicole Mina: Considering I come from a very diverse household, I've traveled a lot to gather different ideas and compile them into one and run with it.
Amy: I think that my programs are concise, and that's essential to effective programming.
Nicole Mina: I'm good with it, because I'm curious. I find it interesting to be able to figure it out and see it all come together from just an idea.
Nicole: I design programs for communication that help with this disability. I designed a program using Java programming language that transmits the MS Perl code into LOGIC which can then be compiled in Unix. So that Nexus can be written on a notetaker instead of a Brailler.
Kaitlin: Sprite Animation Camp was this awesome two week camp that I participated in at the Edmond's Community College, and we did Clay‑Mation. For the first week and a half we basically learned how to operate the visual Basic and how to write the HTML code. [music]
Lenda: I would advise another young woman to go for it. She'll bring a different perspective to the table.
Melinda: It's a lot of fun.
Nicole Mina: In the realm of technology, it's so broad that you could do several things to help the community.
Manpreet: To reach for your dreams. [music]
Nicole: I would design a robot to all the chores for me.
Manpreet: I would create an invisible flying car.
Nicole Mina: I want to help prevent loss of bone mass of an astronaut, and we could go farther and figure out the outreaches of space.
Kayleigha: I'm a type I diabetic. I would really like to use technology to create an artificial pancreas. [music]
Lenda: The aspirations award really encouraged me to keep pursuing my interest in technology.
Kaitlyn: I'm really excited about winning this award. It's been an amazing honor.
Nicole: It signals that I'm going down the right path.
Manpreet: It'll definitely open new doors for me.
Lenda: When I heard of your award and I read the name National Center for Woman in Information Technology, I wanted to represent that number of women. [music]
Kayleigha: Technology is always changing.
Kaitlin: It's a growing industry.
Amy: It's very logical.
Melinda: It's fresh.
Manpreet: If you have the passion for it, you can do anything.
Melinda: It's a lot of fun.
Lenda: Technology is another way to connect people. [music]