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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.
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.
CodeCrush is a series of iSTEM immersion experiences for 8th and 9th grade, female-identifying students, and their teachers, designed to show them the innovative world of Computing and Information Technology (IT). The program’s goal is to inspire students and their teachers to take a deeper look at IT through hands-on experiences with traditional computer science topics and emerging IT areas such as bioinformatics, data analytics, data visualization, simulation, IT innovation, music technology and cybersecurity.
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CodeCrush is ensuring that IT works to be the most innovative industry it can while empowering an entire community to be advocates for comprehensive computer science education
We know diversity helps teams be better. CodeCrush works to bring more diversity to the IT landscape and empower everyone to close the IT gender gap.
When all voices are at the table, teams are more innovative, ask more questions, and produce better products that answer these questions.
I loved the environment that I was in. At school there are different social groups, but at CodeCrush you weren’t in a social group and there were no “popular kids” or “nerdy kids.” We were all the same. I also liked how we were exposed to many different aspects of technology and coding. I liked how we got to go out in the community and go to different businesses. I really liked Flywheel because of how friendly they were and how they seemed like a whole. - Student
[Afterwards,] I spoke with my administration about coding and the importance of getting that experience into our curriculum. We are working on some things for junior high right now and I think they appreciate hearing how "big" technology is in the workplace and the fascinating things that are being done. - Teacher
The UNO College of Information Science and Technology inspires students and their teachers to take a deeper look at IT through hands-on experiences with emerging IT fields.
Students and teachers get to experience Omaha through our eyes: checking out the IT departments of global corporations, meeting professionals who are engaged in IT, visiting the behind-the-scenes of local attractions and even going to a Maverick hockey game. The days will be packed with dinners with IS&T students, staff and faculty, panel discussions with professionals in the field, as well as lunch with an IT mentor.