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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 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 due 9/11/2019.
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 - Spring 2019


11:00 AM

Check-In • Courtyard Marriott at Aksarben

11:30 AM

Welcome Lunch • PKI 158

12:15 PM

Corporate Tour:
Werner Tour
Load bus at PKI

4:00 PM

Return to PKI

5:30 PM

Dinner • PKI 158
Welcome Talk: Kristina Wylie, Bioinformatics Alumni

8:30 PM

Homework at Hotel

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks


9:00 AM

Student Sessions

Ozo Bots• PKI 276
Led by: Angela McGraw

Teacher Sessions

CS Education • PKI 279
Led by: Harvey Siy

IT Innovation • PKI 335
Led by: Doug Derrick

12:30 PM

Lunch • PKI Atrium
IS&T Alumni Panel

1:30 PM

Corporate Tour: Olsson
Load bus at PKI

5:30 PM

Dinner • First Data

8:30 PM

Homework at Hotel

9:30 PM

Curfew • Room Checks


9:00 AM

Student Sessions

Bioinformatics • PKI 150
Led by: Kate Cooper

Digital Forensics • PKI 269
Led by: George Grispos

Teacher Sessions

Ozo Bots • PKI 278
Led by: Angela McGraw

Cybersecurity • PKI 361
Led by: Matt Hale

12:15 PM

Lunch • PKI Atrium
Current Students Panel

2:00 PM

Corporate Tour:
First National Bank 
Load bus at PKI

4:30 PM

Henry Doorly Zoo
All CodeCrushers and RSVP'd family members are invited to enjoy the zoo before our closing ceremonies.

6:00 PM

Closing Ceremony • Henry Doorly Zoo Treetops Restaurant
Special Guest: Deepika Khandelwal, Uber, IS&T Alumni

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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Women In IT Fund Partners
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