STEM Opportunities for Female Students
The Bellevue School District does NOT endorse any organization/event. The following list is provided as an informational service only. It is strongly recommended that every participant, as well as parent or guardian, research the organization thoroughly, before participating, to be certain it is an appropriate fit.
NWCIT Award for High School Women
What: The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft)
Open to: Female Students grades 9-12 who have a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
Deadline: Early November; check the web-site in August for 2016 information
Prizes: Each Affiliate Award winner receives recognition at an award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Community (sponsored by Bloomberg) and various other prizes–computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded items, and more. Additionally, each National Award winner receives $500 in cash from NCWIT. Bank of America also presents National Award winters with a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Band of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina in March & networking opportunities with Bank of America employees.
UW Women in Science & Engineering Conference
What: The WiSE conference is a day devoted to celebrate women in engineering academics & careers. The day-long event offers educational & professional enrichment, bringing pre-college, undergraduate, & graduate students together with faculty, administrators, & Professional women.
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016/8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Husky Union Building/UW Seattle Campus
Open to: Current high school Juniors & Seniors
Note: Space is limited to 75 high school students so register now!
Expanding Your Horizons
What: A science, technology, engineering & math conference for female students.
Open to: Female student’s grades 9 -12.
When: Friday, March 25, 2016
Where: Bellevue College Campus
Cost: Last year cost was $20
Register: Forms will be available in January 2016/see your high school’s Career Specialist. Students choose 3 sessions from over 50 options—register early for best selection.
Girls Who Code
What: A national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology & engineering sectors.
Summer: The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a 7-week intensive computer science course that embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities. Girls learn everything from robotics to mobile development to HTML and CSS while gaining exposure to the tech industry and receiving valuable mentorship from women working in technology.
Open to: Current sophomore & juniors.
Register: Beginning January 19, 2016. Application closes on March 1, 2016. To receive application notification sign up now at: girlswhocode.com/applynow.
Digigirlz High Tech Camp/Sponsored by Microsoft
What: During the camp session, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. Established in 2000, the camp program continues to grow and evolve.
Where: Microsoft Campus in Redmond
Open to: Current freshmen, sophomores, & juniors
2016 Registration not yet open/check web-site in early January.
National Girls Collaborative Project/Newsletter (NGCP)
What: The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Web-site: Sign up for the e-newsletter for our state/region. The newsletter contains information about: webinars, events (both local & national) resources, and more. One example is the FabFems Spotlight which features women in a STEM field who are enthusiastic about the science & technology work they do and want to inspire future generations. Check out http://www.fabfems.org for more info.
UW Math Academy
What: High-achieving high school juniors from Washington State live on the Seattle UW campus for a four-week, intensive, summer session. Students engage in coursework created by UW math faculty and designed to develop the skills necessary to meet the high standards of college-level math and engineering. Students also have enrichment opportunities to explore the range of career opportunities available to engineers through lab tours, research projects, site visits and networking events.
When: July 3rd to July 29th 2016
Note: Application open to all students from Washington State, the Math Academy especially targets underrepresented minorities in engineering including African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander and female students.
Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) Sponsored by Google
What: A 3 week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology—especially students from underrepresented groups in the field. CSSI students: learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting emerging technologies, and design and develop their own application with fellow participants that will be showcased in local Google offices.
When: Time frame for 2016 T.B.D.
Where: Google offices in Seattle
Apply: Application for Summer 2016 not yet available. Check back in early January at:
Note: Application open to all graduating seniors—program especially targets historically underrepresented groups in the field.
Girls Who Code- Summer Immersion Program
What: Young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design. Project-based curricular modules allow participants to build products and develop innovative solutions designed to inspire an interest in and encourage their pursuit of computer science. Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks, demos, and workshops led by inspiring female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the program, each aligned with the subject matter discussed that week. Field trips to the tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T, Gilt Groupe, Foursquare, and the News Corp allow the young women to envision a future for themselves in this career and begin networking with those in the field.
Who: 20 rising high school juniors and seniors girls
When: 9-4PM each day in the summer 2016-7 weeks
Where: Inside a technology company or university setting
Deadline: March 8, 2016
Register: at http://girlswhocode.com/programs/
Cost: FREE. No experience necessary. Students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch might be able to qualify for a stipend.
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