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 and their mentoring teachers created to show them the world of IT. For three days and four nights, the UNO College of Information Science and Technology will inspire girls and their teachers 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 teachers 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 going 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.
mentoring teachers will receive a $500 stipend.

program dates

CodeCrush 2016 starts at noon on February 24th and ends at noon on February 27th.

application deadline

Applications for the 2016 session are closed.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 30, 2015.

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number of spots

40 students and 40 teachers.

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 2015 school year
  • Obtain parental/guardian consent for participation
  • Have a 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
  • Have a mentoring teacher able to attend the experience along with the student (Does not need to be a technology teacher, but can showcase an interest in supporting Computer Science education at their school. Does not need to be a female teacher.)

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 teacher
  • Parent/Guardian and student signature required if accepted

contact information

College of IS&T
University of Nebraska at Omaha
1110 S. 67th Street, PKI 172
Omaha, NE 68182
Direct: 402.554.2380
Fax: 402.554.3284

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