An amazing opportunity for girls and women in computing is open! The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) holds annual competitions for all ages. The Aspirations in Computing Award, or AiC, is their competition for high-school students.
Many FIRST students have won awards through AiC on the state and/or national levels. NCWIT has a strong presence at FIRST events – last year at Worlds they held a cupcake social and also had a booth at Scholarship Row!
There are many fantastic prizes available for AiC winners! Last year I was honored to be a runner-up at the national level and to receive the Affiliate Award in my state. As a result of this, I received a cash prize, cool swag, and access to the NCWIT AiC private Facebook group. This group is a wonderful resource – members are constantly posting about various opportunities in the computing field, tips for programming, and scholarships/internships.
Applications for the award are open until November 7 th . If you apply, you will answer questions about your computing experience, and you will write essays on topics such as leadership and future goals. Additionally, a mentor must endorse your application.
This is a wonderful opportunity – here is the link to learn more about AiC: https://www.aspirations.org/
This blog was written by Katie Johnson, a member of FIRST Tech Challenge Team #3595, Schrödinger’s Hat. If you are interested in blogging for FIRST Ladies, click here to sign up on the schedule
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