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The Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) recognizes students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary in grades 9-12 for their passion in computing and tech and connects them to a community of like-minded individuals who care and are taking action to see the next generation succeed. Regional Winners and Honorable Mentions will be recognized at your local NCWIT Ceremony with prizes, trophies, and some amazing speakers.

Grades: Students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary in grades 9-12

Locations: We are located across the country and have 80 affiliates supporting aspirations in computing.

Website: https://www.aspirations.org/


About

AiC Award Recognitions offer three distinct awards that honor aspirations, abilities, technical accomplishments, and influential guidance. Includes 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary, students who are enrolled in a post-secondary institution (community college, college, or university) with a major or minor in a computing or engineering discipline, and also self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary and formal and informal 9th-12th grade educators

NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments. AspireIT participants are ultimately encouraged to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas to future innovations

The AiC Community is a phenomenal network for technical women in computing and engineering who receive benefits such as private invitations to virtual and in-person meetups, visibility for technical achievements, computing outreach opportunities, hands-on activities for exploring computer science concepts, exclusive access to scholarships, internships, job opportunities, and more.