It was an awesome night this summer when all of the teenagers in the house stayed up to watch the Curiosity rover land on Mars. Every one of them was ready to give their eye teeth to work for NASA. One way to get a job at NASA? Be a rock-star programmer. Know any girls who are rock star programmers? Help them on their way by encouraging them to apply for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award.
From our friends at NCWIT (National Center for Women in Information Technology):
What is the award?
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes 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. There is also an NCWIT Educator Award for educators that encouraged their student to apply and have endorsed their applications. Recipients of the Educator Award receive up to $1000 in reimbursement for a professional development activity.
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 duplicate and distribute the poster and flyer and direct girls to http://www.aspirationsaward.org. Detailed instructions and eligibility information are found online.
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.
Thanks for helping us spread the word to make sure all young ladies get a chance to apply for the award!