Turn Up for STEAM 2017

The Turn Up for STEAM 2017 Annual Event is a weekend fueled by Science, Technology, Engineer, Art Design, and Math (STEAM).  The 3-day event, with its overarching theme, Math and Science to Hip-Hop, is filled to the brim with ingenious innovations, new technology, hands on knowledge building exercises through a Coding Hackathon, a unique Math edutainment concert and a college financial aid and college readiness workshop.

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BWiC Hosts Gaming Workshop in Houston


As part of the Pathways to STEM program, BWiC hosted an exciting game development workshop for Houston teens immediately following the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The workshop was held at the Prairie View A&M University Northwest Houston Center and sponsored by Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation and CMD-IT. Volunteers from the community, students from Prairie View A&M University and members of Vietnamese Women in Computing came by to lend…

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BWiC Luncheon 2016


Black Women in Computing celebrated it’s 3rd annual Luncheon event at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. The luncheon was filled to capacity with over 200 Black women in attendance. Jacky Wright, Senior Executive and Vice President of IT at Microsoft introduced Shawndra Hill, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research NYC, who shared stories of her experiences in STEM and gave an inspiring speech on persevering and being visible. Attendees engaged in a neworking…

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Owning Our Voices: Celebrating Black Women in Computing


This year’s GHC featured a panel titled Owning Our Voices: Celebrating Black Women in Computing. During this panel session the BWiC video narrative was screened and Dr. Jamika Burge lead a discussion about the importance of sharing narratives that portray black women and girls in exciting, innovative, and multi-faceted technology roles. The panel included Dr. Jamika D. Burge, Founder and Principal of Design & Technology Concepts, LLC; Dr. Mave Houston, Founder and Head of USERLabs at…

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BWiC hosts Gaming Workshop at Tapia Conference


What a great way to conclude Tapia Conference by coming together with the BWiC family and volunteering at a BWiC Gaming Workshop. The workshop was sponsored by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and facilitated by Errol and Chris from Hidden Level Games. They demonstrated and and led students through an interactive workshop using the game they developed called Beta. Beta is a game that encourages coding without kids really knowing they…

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BWiC Hosting Parent Panel in Austin


Parents play an important part in motivating students to select STEM careers. By informing parents about steps toward STEM career readiness, they can better steer students toward activities and opportunities that make them stronger candidates for success in the chosen STEM field. A component of the Black Women in Computing (BWiC) STEM initiative is the parent/guardian workshop designed to inform and empower parents in their efforts to support their children’s…

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Introducing the Research Coalition for Black Women & Girls in Computing

Black women are a segment of the population that is one of the least represented in computing, and increasing their representation is further challenged by the lack of positive messages in media that celebrate their contributions to technology.  In an effort to combat this lack of awareness, it is important to amplify the voice of a thriving community of black women in computing and technologists and inspire black girls to…

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Turn UP for STEAM!


  On February 19-21, 2016, BWiC partnered with Strong TIES who hosted Turn Up for STEAM: a weekend-long workshop for teens featuring a hip hop and coding hackathon held at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona. This AZ SciTech Festival signature event and its partners are known for their “pizzazz” and the guest list of those interacting with the students at Turn Up for STEAM was quite impressive; featuring LaMar Queen of MusicNotes in LA and Black Poet Ventures…

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