Award Honoring Girls’ Computing-Related Achievements
The National Center for Women and Information Technology sponsors the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), which honors ninth- through twelfth-grade girls and women for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for postsecondary education. The multi-tiered award structure includes the designations of Winner, Honorable Mention, Rising Star, and Certificate of Distinction at the National and Regional Affiliate levels. Prizes include computing resources, gadgets, swag, and more, which vary by award designation. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions Foundation.
Deadline: 8:00 p.m. (MT) on November 5, 2019, for applications
Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in tech, has announced its 2023 Summer Programs, freevirtual opportunities for students in grades 9–12. As part of Girls Who Code’s commitment to providing students with resources about the many pathways into a STEM career, this year’s programs have been updated to include curriculum options on Gaming and Data Science.
The Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit is aimed at fans of the Harry Potter universe, and as such, all the games and interactions are “magic” related. Although the kit is app-based and works with laptops and tablets, it also has a real-world feature in the form of a Harry Potter-style wand, which is built out of the box as part of a challenge and then acts as a way of interacting with the games.
With the help of computational thinking resources, students will be deciphering problems and forming solutions in no time. By learning to solve problems using this technical mindset, students are preparing for bright futures where they can combine creativity with computational thinking for ultimate innovation and success.