NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) awards young girls from local high schools for their achievements and interests in computing. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing has been awarded at both the local (“affiliate”) level as well as at the National level.

 

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This fall is UTEP’s Computer Science Department’s second year sponsoring the affiliate award for the El Paso/Las Cruces region. In its first year sponsoring the award UTEP was able to reach about 20 girls and this year another 23 girls from schools in different school districts in El Paso such as Fabens Independent School District, Socorro Independent School District, and Ysleta School District, as well as a few New Mexico High Schools.

Winners will be announced on December 1st, 2010 and invited to the affiliate level awards ceremony in early February 2011. We would like to thank all those professors and students who helped out throughout the process this event has taken, from announcing the award by visiting or contacting local high schools, to revising the applications, and planning the affiliate awards ceremony. For more information you are welcome to visit the award page at:

http://www.ncwit.org/work.awards.aspiration.html

 

 

Homecoming Breakfast

The Engineering Department held a Homecoming Breakfast on October 9th for its alumni and the ACM was there to show its support. Our organization set up a table and provided flyers with information about the ACM student chapter. It was a great opportunity to meet with UTEP alumni and talk with them about career plans for the future as well as the ACM’s agenda and outreach goals. Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

Softimage Workshop

The ACM held a workshop on Tuesday, November 2nd. The two hour workshop used a drag and drop programming interface, called Interactive Creative Environment (ICE), that allowed the attendees to program complicated visual effects by using professional 3D software.

During that time, the programmers quickly familiarized with the program’s interface and created a basic bubbling effect, where bubbles change size, color, and at a certain age disappear. Over twenty students took advantage of this workshop and due to its success a sequel is on our future plans.

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