The 2018 Aspirations in Computing Awards ceremony, was held on April 17th. 35 Minnesota high school young women were recognized for their technology related interests and achievements.
Information Technology (I.T.) has become the BIG engine that could. It powers education, business and community success. I.T. is all around us. From smartphones to social media sites, I.T. is the hardware, software, and people with passion for technology that excites and engages all of us in the digital world. Where there’s interactivity, you’ll find information technology.
SPARCS is about Sustaining Passion, Ambition and Resolve for Career Success. The year-round program for young women aims to build excitement and inspire students to embrace technology education at the high school level, through relevant and engaging information technology (I.T.) learning experiences. Ultimately, SPARCS experiences are designed to inspire and empower Minnesota’s young women to become technology literate, confident and competent.
Minnesota is facing a shortage of tech talent – in addition to the shortage, there is an alarming gap in gender equity. Women, especially women of color, are essentially “absent” from technology innovation across the United States, according to The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).