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Immersion Experience

fall Codecrush is set for september 28-30 '23
This event will be held in-person

Applications are CURRENTLY CLOSED

CodeCrush Immersion Experiences were created to show 8th and 9th-graders, and their mentoring teachers, the world of computer science & IT. For three days, the UNO College of Information Science and Technology inspires CodeCrushers to take a deeper look at IT through hands-on experiences with emerging fields such as bioinformatics, IT innovation, music technology and cybersecurity.

You'll meet the IT departments of global corporations and visit the behind-the-scenes of local attractions. The days will be packed with IS&T students, staff and faculty, and panel discussions with people in the field.

Mentor teachers will receive a $500 stipend for attending with a student. Look at the FAQ page for more information.

Due to the constantly changing nature of public health guidelines, masks may be required at this event.

Check out our FAQ page!

Common Questions

What does it cost?

Nothing! Food, lodging and transportation (once you are on campus) are all included.

What are the program dates?

Fall 2023 Immersion Experience Dates
are September 28-30

How many spots?

30 students and 15 teachers (if public health conditions change, CodeCrush could be moved online or the number of participants reduced)

Due to limited seats, application completion does not guarantee admittance. 

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed

Click to Apply Here

Completed applications/nominations must contain all of the following components:

•A short essay from the student describing the reasons for applying to CodeCrush (250 words)

•A nomination letter from their teacher (Teachers may nominate as many students as they would like.)

•Parent/Guardian and student signature required if accepted

Who is eligible?

8th and 9th-grade students 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 2023 school year

•Obtain parental/guardian consent for participation

•Have a mentoring teacher able to nominate the student (Does not need to be a technology teacher, but can showcase an interest in supporting Computer Science education at their school.)
Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!

Agenda - fall 2023 

For a detailed agenda -> Fall 2023 Agenda


12:00 PM -12:30 PM 

Opening Speakers

Caitlin Rothmann I Technical Analyst Program II

Cyber Security


Hannah Hosic I Technical Analyst Program II

App Dev Credit Processing Core Engineering 

1:00 pm - 2:30 PM


Bioinformatics with Dr. Kate Cooper
AI with Anoop Mishra

2:30 PM -5:00 PM 

Tour and Visit with Farmer's Credit Services of America


8:30 AM - 11:45 AM 


AI with the team at Inter Public Group

Cyber Security with Dr. Sayonnha Mandal

Data Analytics & Visualization with Dr. Sachin Pawaskar

Scratch Games with Claire Schweikert & Eliza Riley

Web Design with Isabella Saklar and Kelvin Chin

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Panel and Breakout Actitivites with the team at Mutual of Omaha


8:30  AM - 11:45 AM 


Thunkable Mobile Apps with Francisco DeAnda and Ava DeLaGarza

Ozobots with Kirsten Medlin and Luke Hartman

Python with Hailey Bixler and Ava DeLaGarza

Classroom Implementation with Kristeen Shabram

Web Design with Isabella Saklar and Kelvin Chin

Bioinformatics with Dr. Kate Cooper

2:15 - 3:45 PM

Teacher and Student Workshop- Ozobot Competition

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Exploration of the Space Air Command and Aerospace Museum

Closing Ceremonies and Certificate Recognition

The part I loved most about code crush was interacting with girls of similar interests. [My] small town…does not have much diversity- ethnicity wise, interest wise, religiously. Being able to see how people from all over think and interact with technology was very interesting. It was liberating to be able to work with a group of diverse people with the same interests. Code crush was a great way to engage first hand with technology and interact with people from various different backgrounds. - Student
I was inspired by the Bioinfomatics session. That is something I can see so many students being interested in. I also loved the time to collaborate with other mentors during different activities, especially the CS unplugged session. - Teacher


A big thank you to our sponsors that make CodeCrush a reality. None of this would be possible without donors like you. By making a gift today, your support will help encourage students to pursue their ambitions and give them the confidence to achieve their dreams. Want to support the Immersion Experience? Check out the options here.

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