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 and four nights, the UNO College of Information Science and Technology inspires 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.

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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 announced soon!

How many spots?

32 students and 32 teachers

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

How do I apply?

Nominations must be received by February 6 (EXTENDED from January 31st!). Schools/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 2017 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!  

Spring 2018 immersion experience

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday


March 7, 2018

11:30 PM

Check-in • Courtyard Marriott at Aksarben

12:15 PM

Lunch & Orientation• PKI 158

2:00 PM

Buildertrend Tour 

4:30 PM

CRi Tour & Dinner

7:00 PM

Robotics • PKI 269
(Teachers Optional)

8:30 PM

Homework at Hotel

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks

March 8, 2018  

9:00 AM

Bioinformatics • PKI 279
Led by: Kate Cooper
Cybersecurity  • PKI 361
Led by: Chris Daniels

Chatbots • PKI 157
Led by: Ryan Schuetlzer
Bioinformatics • PKI 158
Led by: Kiran Bastola

12:30 PM

Lunch • PKI 158
Panel: Alumni Panel

2:00 PM

Corporate Tour • Mutual of Omaha
1:30 PM Load up buses at PKI

5:00 PM

Dinner • PKI 158
Panel: IT Leaders

6:30 PM

Holland Computing Center • PKI 158 (Teachers Optional)

8:30 PM

Homework at Hotel

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks 

March 9, 2018

9:00 AM

IT Innovation • PKI 158
Led by: Christine Toh
Digital Forensics • PKI 260
Led by: George Grispos 

Cybersecurity • PKI 361
Led by: Chris Daniels
IBM Watson • PKI 278
Led by: Christian Haas

12:15 PM

Lunch • PKI 158
Panel: Current Students

2:00 PM

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
1:30 PM Load up buses at PKI

5:30 PM

Closing Ceremonies • PKI 158


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