Spring Valley Teacher Recognized for Supporting High School Women in Technology

Tammy Vaught has been named the South Carolina Aspirations in Computing Educator of the Year.  The NCWIT award publicly celebrates educators who encourage high school women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits. Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to encourage the participation of women in computing. IT-oLogy is the South Carolina affiliate for Aspirations in Computing.

Mrs. Vaught is a computer science teacher and robotics team coach at Spring Valley High School in Richland School District Two. She attended her first gender equity in computer science workshop in 1998 and has since worked to find ways to entice young women to participate in technology and engineering courses.  Recently, Mrs. Vaught, along with the young ladies from the Spring Valley High School robotics teams, hosted a Girl Powered event for 19 middle school young ladies. The young ladies were able to hear and meet successful women in the industry and had an opportunity to build a robot before they were finished.  She has seen the impact technology can have on a child’s life and strives to find ways to help them succeed.  Her favorite activity is VEX robotics and has found that once a young lady tries it, they are hooked. 

Vaught will be honored at the South Carolina Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony on January 28. The event, held annually at Columbia College, recognizes the achievements of talented South Carolina high school women from across the state. Eighteen high school women will be recognized at the 2017 event.

The award is sponsored nationally by AT&T and South Carolina sponsors include Companion Data Services, Columbia College, SCANA and Winthrop University.

About IT-oLogy
IT-oLogy is a nonprofit working to grow the number of IT professionals in South Carolina. Because technology shapes our world, we need current and future IT talent to help build a better tomorrow. IT-oLogy is your IT career guide, giving you the tools and resources to discover and start your impactful IT career.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 850 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. Find out more atwww.ncwit.org.

About the Award
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.