we’ve got a thing for information technology!
It’s smart, fun, and totally crush-worthy. IT touches every aspect of our lives: social networks, smart phones, web design, robotics, healthcare, game development, you name it. With the right skills, IT can take your career anywhere you want to go.
But we’re facing a BIG problem: very few women are pursuing academic and career opportunities in IT. In fact, last year women held only 25% of all computing-related occupations in the U.S. and only 18% of all computing and information science degrees were earned by women. That means a big part of our population is missing and not bringing their diverse perspectives to the world of IT.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT will be one of the fastest-growing job sectors, adding nearly 1.4 million jobs by 2020. However, nearly two-thirds of these jobs could go unfilled because there are not enough college graduates with computing-related degrees. We need girls more than ever to help fill this shortage and close the gender gap.
“ I like how they made it fun for us. I don't think there was ever a day I didn't want to go, because they made us want to be there and want to learn about technology."
“ I enjoyed meeting and talking with the I.T. professionals and students. I now have a better idea of career choices.
“ As a teacher in a smaller rural school, I struggle to find ways to challenge and expose our brightest minds. Activities such as this are priceless to awaken the possibilities that exist in your young people. Thank you so much.
what is code crush?
CodeCrush is an immersion experience for 8th and 9th grade girls created to show them the world of IT. For four days and five nights, the UNO College of Information Science and Technology will inspire girls and their mentors to take a deeper look at IT through hands-on experiences with emerging IT fields such as bioinformatics, IT innovation, music technology and cybersecurity.
Students and mentors stay on campus and get to experience Omaha through our eyes: checking out the IT departments of global corporations, meeting women professionals who are engaged in IT, visiting the behind-the-scenes of local attractions and even go to a Maverick hockey game. The days will be packed with dinners with IS&T students, staff and faculty, panel discussions with women in the field, as well as lunch with an IT mentor.
what does it cost?
Nothing! Meals, transportation around Omaha, lodging – it’s all free.
Mentor teachers will receive a $500 stipend.
number of spots
30 students and 30 teacher mentors.
who is eligible?
8th and 9th grade girls from the Midwest who are interested in the future of IT. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:
- Be in either 8th or 9th grade at the beginning of the 2014 school year
- Obtain parental/guardian consent for participation
- Have an weighted GPA of 3.25 or higher (3.00 unweighted GPA or higher) OR be ranked in the top 20% of their class
- Be able to provide their own reliable transportation to UNO
how do I apply?
Teachers must submit student nominations by the given deadline. Teachers may nominate as many students as they would like. Completed nominations must contain all of the following components:
- An application form
- A short essay from the student describing the reasons for applying to CodeCrush (250 words)
- A nomination letter from their mentor teacher
- Copy of unofficial school transcript
- Parent/Guardian and student signature required if accepted