Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 - 12:57 pm EST
Check out NCWIT AspireIT new ways to offer computer science learning and share your own learning experiences and resources.
NCWIT AspireIT (www.aspirations.org/aspireit), a program designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking, will embolden educators and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community members to build and creatively offer near-peer computing learning opportunities, virtually or in person, in new ways.
Research shows that AspireIT participants more easily identify with near-peer mentors, increasing their personal self-efficacy and confidence. To that end, NCWIT will launch two new AspireIT components to amplify and further the positive impact of near-peer instruction:
- The AspireIT Toolkit, launching Fall 2021, provides formal and informal educators (counselors, administrators, mentors, or other influencers) with connections to AiC Community members for assistance with putting on near-peer programs that draw from NCWIT research on creating equity in computing education. The Toolkit will provide planning resources, like curriculum, lesson plans, checklists, and evaluation tools.
- The AspireIT Impact Award, applications opening April 2021, recognizes AiC Community members for their incredible efforts to ultimately encourage K-12 girls to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas to future innovations. Thirty award recipients will be selected based on their efforts to build and creatively offer hands-on learning opportunities in computing and career exploration, and to bring together advocates and allies of various backgrounds through computing-related events and community groups.