The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. National winners receive:
- $500 cash award
- A laptop computer
- Trip for two to the National award ceremony in Charlotte, NC, March 15, 2014
We also plan to recognize as many as 60 educators this year with the NCWIT Educator Award, which comes with $1000 for professional development and a Dell laptop from sponsor AT&T. Winners are selected from educators that encourage girls to apply for the Aspirations Award. https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an excellent way to help your students channel their creative thinking and demonstrate their knowledge. The annual program is a multi-phase, business and technical plan competition, free and open to students ages 13-18 from around the world. The program invites teens to work in teams of 2-5 students and use science, technology, engineering and math skills along with creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to develop innovative products and services to benefit humanity and address global sustainability.
The first round submission can be completed in less than five hours from start to finish. The deadline for the 2013-2014 one-page abstract qualification round is this Thurs., Oct. 24.
Not sure you have all the tools needed for your team to be successful? The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides free access to mentors, webinars and forums to answer all your questions. Join today! www.ConradAwards.org
In Selma, Alabama, today, students in the Police Athletic League afterschool program will participate in a talent contest and community leaders will act as judges.
In Belfast, Maine, the 4-H Afterschool RSU20 program will hold an “All Things that Glow” event highlighting science, technology, engineering and math activities students have engaged in.
In East Boston, Massachusetts, students will exhibit artwork and share short stories about superheroes they created.
In Portland, Oregon, students at the Jackson Club will screen their summer film project, “The Quest of Illinois James.”
These are just a few of the more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events that will take place in nearly every community in the country, and at U.S. military bases worldwide, this week. The events—which run the gamut from showcasing science experiments to dance recitals to computer animation demonstrations to sports contests—are all part of the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. Lights On Afterschool is now in its 14th year. More than a million people are expected to participate.
Social media can help you to greatly expand the reach of your Lights On Afterschool event and enhance the experience for your guests by allowing them to engage one another while also connecting your celebration with events happening all over the world. It's also a great way to strengthen support within your own community and to quickly (and cheaply!) communicate with people throughout the year. You don’t need to have a presence on every social media platform available; choose what will best showcase your program and most allow you to connect with your community of supporters.
Below are some ideas for using social media before, during and after your Lights On Afterschool event. To make it easy for guests to participate, use it to create a poster to display or a flyer to hand out during your event to let them know how to connect with you online. You can also include the information on invitations, posters and any correspondence leading up to your event.
Use these sample social media posts to get the word out:
|Project GUTS students work with StarLogo TNG, a graphical programming language for modeling and simulation.|
This past spring, we invited applications for the Afterschool STEM Impact Awards to identify programs that had significant impact on their students. As national buzz around K-12 computing education increases, we also wanted to showcase how afterschool can help support and grow those initiatives.
STEM, child care & federal policy filled the agenda when state afterschool networks came to Washington
Late last month, leaders from more than 40 state afterschool networks, including representatives from state education agencies, gathered for several days in Washington, D.C., for a national convening: “Expanded Learning Opportunities: STEM Programs and Systems.”
The convening, co-hosted by the Department of Education, the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Noyce Foundation, focused on creating positive STEM outcomes for more students through collaboration and cooperation among national, state and local partners. Sessions allowed network leaders and education officials to work together to consider how to leverage investments and actions to expand the availability of quality informal science in afterschool and impact more students across the country.
Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton opened the conference with a well-received talk on the partnerships necessary to generate the best possible STEM outcomes in young people. Stating that learning occurring after school is just as essential as learning taking place during the school day, the deputy secretary demonstrated his understanding of the depth and power of informal STEM education occurring in quality afterschool programs.