On Saturday, May 11, 2013, David Herman NAHS and Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, AP Computer Science and Robotics teacher served as emcee for the annual Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony for 25 high school girls from across Ohio at TechColumbus.
Mr. Herman is a volunteer with the Ohio Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). “Hosting this event for these amazing young women is a tremendous honor, one which I shall not soon forget,” said Mr. David Herman.
Three New Albany High School students were among the honorees
- Lauryn Woodyard, 2013 National Award plus Ohio Affiliate Award
- Ama Koranteng, 2013 National Award Runner-Up plus Ohio Affiliate Award
- Ashmi Patel, 2013 National Award Runner-Up plus Ohio Affiliate Award
These students were 3/4′s of the team for the New Albany High School Robotics 2 pilot. They also presented at the eTech 2013 Ohio Educational Technology Conference. Koranteng and Patel led Female Innovators of New Albany (FIONA) this year, and presented to the Board of Education May 20th on the Grant-funded scaled-up version for 2013-2014 in partnership with the OSU Department of Computer Science & Engineering. Microsoft is donating curriculum and new Surface Tablet computers in support of the project.
Based on Mr. Herman’s multi-year involvement, New Albany – Plain Local Schools is considered a sponsor of the annual Aspirations in Computing Awards, alongside Microsoft, Google, and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, each of which contributes monetary support of NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing Awards program.
During his closing, Mr. Herman provided the following insight for all the honorees, “Consider yourself a lens. Gather information, ideas, skills. Magnify and focus what you’ve learned. Then pass it on as a mentor for younger girls. Help shape the next generation. That is how you change the world.”
Background regarding the Aspirations in Computing Awards Program:
- The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local “affiliate” competitions to generate support and visibility for women’s participation in communities nationwide.
- Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology.
NAHS Students are featured in the Spring edition of Pro Excellentia from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, read more here.