IT Empowerment for Her

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Local program run by Saumya Rawat, School of Science and Engineering senior, teaches girls to build their own app and empowers them in the STEM field.

“IT Empowerment for Her” is inspiring more women to pursue technology by teaching DFW area girls computing concepts with fun, interactive activities through NCWIT AspireIT – a technology outreach program for K-12 girls, supported by Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Google.

“IT Empowerment for Her” will provide a FREE 3-day workshop (July 25th-27th) to introduce historically underrepresented middle school girls to computing basics, teach them MIT App Inventor, introduced them to student and professional mentors, and empower them to pursue a career in STEM, IT, and CS. “Saumya Rawat,” an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing 2017 National Award Winner, will lead the workshop, which she designed in partnership with University of Texas at Dallas. After noticing a lack of girl-only, girl-led STEM and IT programs in the DFW area, Saumya decided to create her own. Following the initial workshop, Saumya will continue to impact her community by growing the organization and hosting multiple events throughout the year.

Recent data show that girls comprise 56% of all Advanced Placement (AP) test-takers and 47% of all AP Calculus test-takers, but only 22% of all AP CS test-takers. At the college level, women earn just 17% of all computer and information sciences bachelor’s degrees. The “near-peer” approach of enlisting high school or college students to teach younger peers can be an effective way to encourage girls to consider a field they might not have otherwise pursued.

“IT Empowerment for Her” is one of 75 programs nationwide to occur in NCWIT AspireIT Round 7 (June 15, 2017 through October 14, 2017), an initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).  To date, NCWIT has gifted more than $800,000 to 300 programs, providing an estimated 240,000 instruction hours to nearly 8,000 girls in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands since 2013. AspireIT aims to engage more than 10,000 girls by 2018.

Find out more by visiting IT Empowerment for Her Registration. Also, IT Empowerment for her was featured on NBC 5 DFW.

NCWIT AspireIT is a component of NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC), a sweeping national talent development initiative for young women in computing, from kindergarten through graduate school. AiC is supported nationally by Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett  Packard Enterprise, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, and the Symantec Corporation.  

 We hope to use this money to continue free programs to give girls the opportunity to learn Computer Science and STEM. Many girls do not have access to CS classes and would never had considered the STEM field. Additionally, the money will contribute towards purchasing "swag" for the girls, such as a Raspberry Pi.
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