Christina Bear, a Senior Girl Scout and sophomore at Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado is selected as a winner of the 2014 Colorado Aspirations in Computing Award given by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is nationally recognized as the premier award for young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. The winners will be honored at an Awards presentation on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at the University of Colorado in Boulder at the University Memorial Center (UMC) at 5:00 pm.
It all started when her Computer Science teacher encouraged Christina to learn Greenfoot as an introduction to computer programming in the summer of 2013. She jumped right into AP Computer Science in her sophomore year and unexpectedly fell in love with the world of computing. Her projects include writing programs in Java language for interesting and fun projects such as a vending machine, Hangman, and Blackjack as well as grid computing.
Christina has worked in volunteer positions in computing while helping the 4-H after school program of Robotics in Jefferson County. She teaches an animation program called Scratch with drag-and-drop to lower school students in her school. In the summer of 2014, Christina has approval to teach an introduction to minority and underserved children at a summer camp at her school for her Girl Scouts of Colorado Gold Award. She believes there is computing involved in almost all fields of study and is keeping an open mind as to what she wants to study in college.
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