Immersion Experience

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 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.

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?

Fall 2018 Immersion Experience will be November 28 - 30, 2018!
Applications are closed.

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How many spots?

32 students and 32 teachers

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

How do I sponsor CodeCrush?

First of all, thank you for your interest!
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How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for the Fall 2018 CodeCrush session!

Schools/teachers may nominate as many students as they would like. Completed 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

- 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 2018 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!  

Fall 2018 Schedule


11:00 AM

Check-in • Courtyard Marriott at Aksarben

11:30 AM

Welcome Lunch• Scott Conference Center

12:30 PM

First Data Tour
Load bus at Scott Conference Center 

3:30 PM

Return to Hotel
Check into room 

4:15 PM

Walk back to PKI

4:30 PM

PKI Tour• PKI 158

5:00 PM

Dinner • PKI 158
Special Guest: Jessica Haworth, Google

6:30 PM

Python and Pillow• PKI 158
(Students Only)

Led by: Morgan Haworth, Computer Science and Cybersecurity Student

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks


9:00 AM

Bioinformatics • PKI 150
Led by: Kate Cooper
IT Innovation  • PKI 377
Led by: Christine Toh

Turtle Stitch • PKI 158
Led by: Dr. Briana Morrison
Bioinformatics • PKI 250
Led by: Kiran Bastola

12:00 PM

Lunch • PKI 158
Current Student Panel

1:15 PM

Flywheel Tour • Wordpress Session
Load buses at PKI

3:30 PM

Gallup Tour and Panel
Load bus at Flywheel

6:15 PM

Dinner • Scott Conference Center
Women in IT Leaders Panel  

7:30 PM

Movie Night • Scott Conference Center

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks 


9:00 AM

Crowd Simulation • PKI 377
Led by: Dr. Brian Ricks
Digital Forensics • PKI 359
Led by: George Grispos 

Computer Science Education • PKI 269
Led by: Dr. Michelle Friend and Tracie Reding, EdD.

12:00 PM

Lunch • PKI 158
IS&T Alumni Panel

1:30 PM

Union Pacific Tour

4:00 PM

Load bus at UP for PKI 

5:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies • Peter Kiewit Institute 158

Special Guest: Sue Thaden, CRi 


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