Karla Moreno picks up her honor in San Jose March. 16.
TURLOCK - She must have blinded them with her science and technology skills.
A Turlock High School sophomore has taken home the Aspirations in Computing Award from a Bay Area affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Karla Moreno was one of 25 Northern California recipients of the honor, and the only one from the Central Valley.
The award recognized high school girls for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education. Moreno plans to get her degree in engineering and eventually work for the FBI investigating cyber crimes.
Moreno is a member of MOUSE Squad at Turlock High, an after school program of Aspiranet that empowers students by providing an online teaching model to develop students’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, as well as offering leadership opportunities through a student-run IT help desk and technology project-based activities. The program has been active since 2003.
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Considering some of the less than positive news in the headlines of late concerning women in technology, particularly the unwelcome climate awaiting many in a still male-dominated field, it’s great to hear about the next generation of young women getting ready to make their mark.