Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Last night, I had the privilege of attending the award banquet for NCWIT aspirations in computing award winners.  24 high school girls were awarded at ASU in the Memorial Union Ballroom for their accomplishments and aspirations to change the world through computing.  Many have been active at their schools involved in engineering clubs, robotics, and computing classes and aspire to lead a tech company, find a  cure for pancreatic cancer, and study engineering management.  ASU faculty and NCWIT representatives were there to encourage the girls to pursue computer science no matter what they eventually decide to do.  I was there with Daisy, a student I taught when she was in 5th grade.  She was on the first robotics team I started and continues to compete at the high school level.  I continue to be inspired by her and many others to bring computing to the next generation of girls.

One of the speeches by ASU faculty highlighted the fact that many of the early pioneers and current technology leaders were and are women.  Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and many more.  The student awardees were encouraged to continue the line of women in computer science.

Here is an inspiring video on how girls break through stereotypes in computer science.

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