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Immersion Experience

2019 Fall dates: OCTOBER 23 - 25


CodeCrush Immersion Experiences were created to show 8th and 9th-grade girls, and their mentoring teachers, the world of 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.

Students and teachers stay on campus and experience Omaha through our eyes: checking out the IT departments of global corporations, meeting women IT professionals, and visiting the behind-the-scenes of local attractions. 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.

Common Questions

What does it cost?

Nothing! Meals, transportation around Omaha, lodging – it’s all free. mentoring teachers will receive a $500 stipend.

What are the program dates?

2019 Fall Immersion Experience Dates are October 23 - 25.

How many spots?

32 students and 32 teachers

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

How do I apply?

Applications are closed for the Fall 2019 session.
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

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 2019 school year

•Obtain parental/guardian consent for participation

•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)

•Be able to stay in a hotel room with other students (exceptions will be made on a case by case basis)

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!

Agenda - Fall 2019


11:00 AM

Check-In • Courtyard Marriott at Aksarben

11:30 AM

Welcome Lunch • PKI 158

1:15 PM

Corporate Tour: CRi/From Now On

Corporate Tour: Travel and Transport

3:45 - 6:00 PM

Corporate Tour: Fiserv

6:30 PM

Movie Night

8:30 PM

Homework at Hotel

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks


9:00 AM

Student Sessions

Bioinformatics• PKI 158
Led by: Dr. Kate Cooper

Teacher Sessions

App Lab • PKI 279
Led by: Kristeen Shabram

12:30 PM

Lunch • PKI 158
Guest Speaker: Marina Brown, Werner

1:45 PM

Corporate Tour: Silverline
Load bus at PKI

5:30 PM

Dinner • PKI 158
Guest Lesson: Creating a Successful User Experience Design for Your Website
Led by: Alonna Denney, LovelySkin

8:30 PM

Homework at Hotel

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks


9:00 AM

Student Sessions

IT Innovation • PKI 335
Led by: Dr. Doug Derrick

Digital Forensics • PKI 361
Led by: Dr. George Grispos

Teacher Sessions

Resources and Student Self-Esteem • PKI 269
Led by: Rosemary Edzie and Laura Sherwin

12:15 PM

Lunch • Scott Conference Center
IS&T Alumni Panel

1:30 PM

Degree Tour:
Music Informatics (Dodge Campus) 
Led by: Dr. Jeremy Baguyos

Load bus at Scott Conference Center

3:45 PM

Corporate Tour: Baxter Arena

6:00 PM

Closing Ceremony • BlueCrossBlueShield
(1919 Ak-Sar-Ben Dr)
Special Guest: Hauwa Muibi, Spreetail

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 girls 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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