The NCWIT AspireIT Middle School Outreach Program addresses the lack of women in technology by actively engaging middle school girls in computing. AspireIT pairs Aspirations in Computing award recipients with participating Academic Alliance or K-12 Alliance members to create and run computing-related outreach programs for middle school girls, such as after-school programs, summer camps, clubs, or weekend conferences.
Inspired by the desire of young women in computing to "pay it forward," AspireIT aims to employ a near-peer approach that provides middle school girls with a positive, sustained experience of learning and creating computing alongside their peers in high school and college.
AspireIT is supported by Google, Intel, and Northrop Grumman.
The AspireIT program has awarded more than $100,000 to 24 pilot programs in its inaugural round! These programs will run in 15 states at more than 25 sites, reaching a diverse community of nearly 800 middle school girls with 25,000 hours of instruction in computing and technology. Each program brings together an Aspirations in Computing recipient (currently high school or college aged young women) and a K-12 or Academic Alliance member.
The application period for grant proposals for the Spring 2014 grant cycle of NCWIT AspireIT is now closed. Visit www.ncwit.org/aspireit for more information.