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Livingstone College awarded Student Seed Fund Grant

Livingstone College was awarded $1000.00 Student Seed Fund grant from NCWIT and Symantec as a result of Computer Information Systems major, Ms. Alexis Fullard (May 2015 graduate).

Ms. Fullard wrote a proposal to increase awareness among females by teaching Scratch programming to elementary and middle school girls as part of Females in Technology (FiT) Special Interest Group in conjunction with Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). The elementary school participants will benefit, from learning public speaking skills and team building exercises while building their overall confidence in their ability to write programs using Scratch. The participants for this six-week Scratch curriculum will be elementary and middle school females who are members of FACT (Families and Communities Together). FACT works with K-12 students and their families to establish goals and plan activities and families spiritually, academically, and culturally.

FiT promotes leadership and sustains female students in Computer Information Systems at Livingstone College. FiT through community outreach provides juniors and seniors an opportunity to present and influence elementary and middle school girls while also building their confidence through team building exercises. Additionally, FiT focuses on increasing interest and awareness in computing among underrepresented groups especially females.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.

The funding will be used to cover the costs of participant supplies and student stipends.

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