The 2017 Aspirations in Computing Mississippi Affiliate event was held on Friday, February 24, in Canton MS. This year, 13 girls received the honorable mention award and 15 girls were Mississippi AiC winners. Two of those winners were also National Honorable Mention awardees. Five teachers were honored for their role in encouraging young women on the computing pathway. Mississippi had record-breaking applications in the student and teacher categories! See the list of high school student winners here: http://www.bagley.msstate.edu/news/release-msu-and-ncwit-recognize-28-high-school-women-for-computing-aspirations/
Sarah Darrow, MSU CS student and Aspirations in Computing National & Alabama Affiliate Winner, partnered with ProjectCSGIRLS to offer a one day workshop at Mississippi State University on Saturday, February 3 2017 for girls in 6th - 8th grades. This hands-on workshop taught programming concepts including mobile app development, artificial intelligence, cryptography, and game programming. Watch the WCBI coverage here: http://www.wcbi.com/one-program-encourages-young-female-students-pursue-interests-computer-science-field/
Aspirations in Computing winner Mary Lee, with assistance from winner Heather Bostick, hosted a computing day camp for girls in Columbus MS in 2016. Funding for the camp was provided primarily by NCWIT's AspireIT program. Read about the camp in the Commercial Dispatch article: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=51120
At the MSU Bulldog Bytes Digital Divas GenCyber camp in 2016, Dr. Phyllis Miller, Professor in Fashion Design and Merchandising, showed our Bulldog Bytes campers how computing technology is us ed in fashion design.
Young women in middle and high school are attending Mississippi State's Bulldog Bytes Digital Divas residential camp this week sharpening their computational thinking skills and learning to build and program robots. They are also learning about cybersecurity and how to be responsible digital citizens.