This post is shamelessly reblogged from Alfred Thompson. Alfred is an expert in the K12 space and I highly recommended following him on Twitter (@alfredtwo) and on his blog for outstanding content! He posts lots of resources, information and discussions about technology, computer science and education. (Click here for his original post.)
Time for a reminder. Now that school has been underweight for a while you may have identified some young women who would be good candidates for the NCWIT Award for Aspiration in Computing.
What is the award?
The Aspirations Award honors young women at the high-school level for their computing related achievements and interests. Winners are recognized at an award event here in the community. All applicants will also be considered for the National award. National winners receive $500, a laptop and a trip to the March 9, 2013 awards gala.
Since 2007, NCWIT has recognized more than 1300 young women and honored more than 50 teachers with the NCWIT Educator Award. Learn more at www.aspirationsaward.org. Our Award recipients have been invited to the White House, received scholarships to top universities, and accepted internships at top tech companies such as Microsoft and Google.
Why is the award important?
By generating visibility for technical young women, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing encourages continued interest in computing, increases awareness of the gender gap in computing and IT, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women’s participation in computing.
What is the application process?
Please direct girls to http://www.aspirationsaward.org. Detailed instructions and eligibility information are found online. APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31!
What is the deadline?
Please notify girls of this opportunity right away. Online applications are open now and must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern on October 31, 2012.
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Here’s another contest that you can vote for! Check out the videos that have been made for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Video Challenge. You can vote every day from now until April 16th. There will be winners in individual and group categories who will receive prizes.
Don’t know who to vote for? Watch The Virtual Reality Room by Allison, a local student.
Since we’re on the topic of voting, don’t forget to vote for your favorite team for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award!
This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend (and speak at) the very first Tennessee Women in Computing Regional Grace Hopper Celebration. I know that a super long name which is why everyone calls is TNWiC. Here are some stats-at-a-glance from TNWiC:
- 180 attendees (TNWiC sold out and there was a waiting list!)
- 19 sessions
- 5 Lightning Talks
- 2 talks with “awesome” in the title (mine was one!)
Day 1 started with the keynote from Dr. Lynne Parker about what robotics can learn from nature. From flight patterns to hunting principles, robotics has a long way to go and a lot to learn from wolves, birds, and bees. One of my favorite things about robotics that Dr. Parker talked about is the diversity that’s needed in the field. Not just women, I mean backgrounds; everything from math to philosophy is relevant to robotics.
Following the keynote were two rounds of sessions, one featuring a talk by Ruthe Farmer (@ruthef) of NCWIT, The Power of Encouragement, and the other featuring the panel I was a part of, Thriving in a Man’s World. Ruthe actually mentioned me in her talk! She made a quick reference about how I became a CS major (my professor wrote on my test, “Do you have a major?”). She also talked about the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. If you know any high school girls who have an interest in technology, encourage them to apply! The panel I was on discussed advice for surviving the workplace. We answered questions about being mommy-tracked (well, I didn’t answer that one) and how to dress in the workplace and everything in between.
The second day was packed full of great sessions too! There were two sessions for the Distinguished Speakers, Dr. Valentina Salapura (IBM) and Dr. Vidya Setlur (Nokia). In additions there were lightning talks (I gave one!), technical presentations and an invited speakers session. During my session, Mobile: Be Awesome. And Hot., I got to talk about some of the cool features of Windows Phone 7 and show-off two ways of creating mobile apps that require little to no coding experience. If you’re interested in creating apps and games for the phone check out AppMakr, an RSS aggregator, and ScriptTD, a customizable tower defense game engine.
Demo of ScriptTD
I always love the regional Grace Hopper conferences and TNWiC was no exception. The opportunity for meaningful local connections is so important and I’ ‘m grateful when I get to be a part of that process. I’m so proud of the organizers of TNWiC, it was a very successful first conference and I know it’s only going to get better.
Alfred posted about the Award for Aspirations in Computing from NCWIT recently (if you don’t subscribe to his blog, you should). I’m so glad he did, because it’s a great reminder that the application process opens in about 3 weeks!
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women active and interested in computing and technology. We are looking for next generation of technical talent. Award winners receive cool prizes, gadgets, scholarships and all girls can join a community of fellow technically-inclined young women.
I was lucky enough to meet two award winners at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing last year and they were so inspiring! This award can be really beneficial; both of them had internships lined up for the summer!
To stay up-to-date on the award, make sure to like it on Facebook. (Applications will be accepted between 9/15-10/31.)