Two Homer teenagers, Olivia Glasman and Delilah Harris, have acquired the Southern Alaska NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC). The award, sponsored by the Nationwide Heart for Ladies and Info Expertise (NCWIT), acknowledges highschool girls for his or her computing-related achievements and pursuits as a part of an effort to encourage extra younger girls to decide on careers in know-how.
A complete of 5 AiC award recipients have been chosen from excessive faculties throughout southern Alaska for his or her excellent aptitude and aspirations in know-how and computing as demonstrated by their computing expertise, computing-related actions, management expertise, tenacity within the face of obstacles to entry, and plans for post-secondary schooling. Three teenagers from Mt. Edgecumbe Excessive Faculty in Sitka additionally acquired this 12 months’s AiC Award.
Claudia Haines, the Homer Public Library’s Youth Companies Librarian was awarded the Southern Alaska NCWIT Educator Award for her function as a mentor to native teenagers and her coordination of the library’s ongoing Makers2Mentors initiative which gives alternatives for Homer households to discover computational considering and pc science.
“Encouraging younger girls’s curiosity in know-how careers is crucial: our workforce wants their creativity and their innovation,” stated Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT.
“The Homer Public Library is proud that two teenagers acquired this prestigious award partly as a result of abilities they’ve acquired and volunteer work they’ve contributed on the library,” stated Ann Dixon, Homer Public Library director.
“The library continues to include computing into our literacy initiatives and studying applications, recognizing its worth to college students’ future success in a linked world and the necessity for extra numerous voices within the tech area,” stated Haines, Youth Companies Librarian on the Homer Public Library.
Glasman and Harris, each freshmen at Homer Excessive Faculty, will lead a tech camp on the library throughout Summer [email protected], funded partly by a grant from NCWIT.
The Homer Public Library serves the various wants of the group by offering entry to data, selling literacy, and facilitating lifelong studying. Discover out extra about upcoming applications and Makers2Mentors, the library’s youth initiative supporting computational considering and pc science at www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library.
The Nationwide Heart for Ladies and Info Expertise is a nonprofit group of greater than 850 universities, firms, nonprofits, and authorities organizations nationwide working to extend girls’s participation in computing and know-how. NCWIT equips change leaders with sources for taking motion in recruiting, retaining, and advancing girls from Ok-12 and better schooling by trade and entrepreneurial careers.