Back at the White House!

For the second time in as many months, winners of NCWIT’s Award for Aspirations in Computing were at the White House this week for the second White House Science Fair. 
Noor Muhyi and Helen Hastings, winners of the 2012 national NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, and Ada Taylor, a 2010 winner, were among the 100 students recognized by President Obama for their achievements in a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. 
The Science Fair is part of the President’s Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President has noted, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” 
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is part of an NCWIT talent development program that encourages young women to succeed in a field where they are underrepresented. The program provides young women with visibility, community, leadership opportunities, support, research experiences, scholarships, and internships. Since 2007, the Award for Aspirations in Computing has recognized more than 700 young women; 93% of the award recipients currently in college report majoring or minoring in a science or technology field.
Congratulations to our winners! Oh, the places you’ll go.

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