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Challenger Center:  Network of 43 Challenger Learning Centers brings STEM education to life through immersive, experiential STEM programs, including simulated missions to space for children.  Their goal is to EXCITE children about STEM subjects, INSPIRE them to pursue STEM careers, and PREPARE them for future careers by enabling them to develop and practice important skills like teamwork, collaboration, and creative problem solving.  There are many ways to get involved including following them on social media (FacebookTwitterLinkedIn), signing up for our newsletter, and connecting with your local Challenger Learning Center for volunteering and other partnership opportunities.  Learn more about the Challenger Center experience from this 3 minute video.

Techbridge:  For over a decade, Techbridge has been setting girls off into a lifetime of learning and excitement about science, technology, and engineering.  We strive to inspire girls in underserved communities to discover a passion for science, technology and engineering. We give them access to the hands-on learning and real-world exposure they need to pursue their dreams and careers. We also work with families, role models, school districts and partners to provide the guidance they need to support girls and set them on the path to success. We believe in the possibility of every girl having the power to change the world.
SimpliLearn: Career Edge - explore free insights, tips and articles about a myriad of STEM topics including a recent article on data.  All articles are written by experts.  insights, tips, and articles written by experts in a range of professional domains.

iDream the Play:  The play iDream is an original play, produced to tackle the ongoing issue of women being significantly underrepresented in technological fields such as information technology (IT). iDream communicates, in dramatic fashion, research results about barriers to women in the IT field. The characters, plot, and dialogue of the play come from interviews with women working in the IT field. The characters embody the struggles of those who are marginalized in the IT field by virtue of gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status, but who seek inclusion and equality in the information society.


The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) explores, identifies, and creates innovative scholarship about underrepresented girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As a unique research unit,  a diverse and interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, policy makers and practitioners unite to establish best practices for culturally responsive programs for girls of color.

IT-ology is a national non-profit which fosters collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession.


STEMconnectois a website that offers a free daily subscription newsletter which aggregates STEM news from all over the US, a calendar of STEM events, quarterly Town Hall conference calls for STEM-related organizations and much more. STEMconnector is where you go to find out about all events, activities, organizations and people related to STEM.


TryComputing is a website created by the IEEE Computer Society to encourage young people to pursue computing degrees and careers. The site features a short video interview with several IT professionals, a search tool that finds College/University computing programs in regions or focused on topics the user specifies, classroom materials for teachers and links to other useful websites. 


The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action.  NCWIT holds a Summit each May to connect their 450 affiliate organizations and share news as well as best practices. Colleges/Universities and non-profit organizations can be NCWIT affiliates without charge. Corporations pay an annual fee to join.


Computer Science Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbersalgorithms and data compression without using a computer.


The Illinois Technology Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of the technology talent pipeline in the State of Illinois. SIM Chicago members Bill Waas and Ed Hoff are the Chairman/CEO and President, respectively, of this foundation. The site offers professional volunteer opportunities including speaking to K-12 schools about IT careers, lecturing on your technology areas-of-expertise at local colleges/universities and hosting students, faculty and/or administration in "IT career shadowing" events at your place of work.


DotDiva is a website designed to interest young women in middle and high school in computing careers by emphasizing the use of computing to "make a better world.” The site shows how computing contributes to and enables a variety of industries (law, fashion, medicine, advertising, politics, public safety etc.) The site is funded by the NSF and created by WGBH (Boston PBS), ACM and NCWIT.


STEM Education Coalition


Pathways to Technology


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Master's In Data Science 
provides an entertaining look at the history of data science in prominent industries such as biotech and telecommunications, top Master's programs, and the skills needed to stand out in such a competitive new field. We've also connected with other notable organizations in the industry - we are listed as a resource by the American Statistical Association and are featured on, among others.



Websites to help Students find Scholarships, Colleges/Universities, and Online Programs:

  • partners with to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. Our college planning resources have been featured by the state of New Jersey, UCLA, and others with a vested interest in quality higher education.'s Women in STEMThis resource helps women in STEM find scholarships valued at over $100,000 and offers unique perspectives from women who have graduated from STEM programs. 
  • CyberSecurity Degrees:  Excellent resource detailing various degrees in cyber security.  
  • BDPA Scholarships the Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) offers several scholarship opportunities.
  • Betty Stevens Freckall Scholarship for active AITP student members.
  • Cappex college search made simple! Search for colleges, get detailed info on college admissions and apply for scholarships. It's free!
  • College@Home Check out school reviews of more than 100 online schools and correspondence college programs, in which we profile the schools’ history, programs and     academic reputation. Want to test out your online learning skills? Then, browse through our Open Courseware list and take one of many completely FREE online courses from some of the best colleges in the nation. With so many opportunities to earn a degree by taking classes from home, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would opt for traditional campus-based classes anymore.
  • College Scholarships helps find college scholarships. It is free!
  • Foundation for IT Education offers various scholarship opportunities.
  • Kevin Jetton Scholarship for active AITP student members.
  • Open Education Database helps ambitious or prospective students find the most convenient, valuable, and relevant education programs to fulfill their academic and career objectives.
  • Zinch helps students find a college or scholarships. It is free.
  • MTConnect Student Challenge for college students who need a thesis, capstone, or internship project.  Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the challenge seeks submissions from students (community college, undergraduate, or graduate) for ideas and applications utilizing the MTConnect communications standard. Winning submissions are also eligible for cash prizes. 
  • Affordable College Online - have created a website that is dedicated to Online Degree options for Computer Science Students from not-for-profit institutions. This page also has a section that is dedicated to helping High School students better understand the flexibility and customization of online programs. The guide can be found at the following link:
  • CyberSecurity Education

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