The National Center for Women & Information Technology has presented a regional Award for Aspirations in Computing to Tram Doan, of Marrero, a student at Academy of Our Lady.

The award recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

“I plan to go into a technology field as a career, and my involvement in robotics has helped me plan for my future,” Doan said.

“Tram joined our robotics club with no programming experience but quickly developed into the lead programmer for our FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Challenge robotics teams,” said Amy Morriss, who teaches physics, engineering physical science and robotics at Academy of Our Lady.

“Our goal is to provide students with the resources that they need in order to pursue their STEM interests and chart a course toward their goals. Our program is hands-on and minds-on, encouraging students to think critically and solve problems creatively, with the instructor serving as a resource and facilitator of student-driven projects rather than as a traditional at-the-chalkboard teacher.”