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Immersion Experience

Fall Codecrush is set for Oct 13-15 '22
This event will be held in-person

Applications Are open

CodeCrush Immersion Experiences were created to show 8th and 9th-graders, 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.

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 2022 Immersion Experience Dates
are Oct 13-15th

Spring 2022 agenda is below for reference

How many spots?

32 students and 32 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?

Apply Here

Applications will be open 8/1/22- 9/11/22

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 (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 female-identifying* 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 2022 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!
 

* This experience is open to all but is a safe space for people of marginalized genders

Spring 2022 agenda

Download Agenda


Thursday, april 21st


Welcome Remarks CodeCrush Team; 11:15-11:30AM

Lunch and Opening Speaker Lauren Hasson; 11:30AM-12:15PM

Teacher Session; 12:30-2:30PM; IT Innovation (Instructors- Nicole Damen & Holly Rosser)

Student Session; 12:30-2:30PM; Bioinformatics (Instructor- Dr. Kate Cooper)

Fiserv Activities & Pizza Dinner with Panel; 3:15-5:30PM

Game Night with UNO student chaperones; 6:00-8:00PM


Friday, April 22nd


Student Session; 8:00-10:00AM; Virtual Reality (Instructors- Ashley Ramsey, Justin Golf & Landon Hinds)

Teacher Session; 8:00-10:00AM; CT Bins (TBD)

Student Session; 10:05-12:00PM; Artificial Intelligence (Instructor- Anoop Mishra)

Teacher Session; 10:05-12:00PM; Virtual Reality (Instructors- Ashley Ramsey, Justin Golf & Landon Hinds)

Lunch & Tour; 1:00-3:00PM; Hudl

Campus Tour and Hyper Wellness Center Visit; 3:30-5:30PM

Movie night with UNO student chaperones: 6:45-8:45PM


SATURDAY, April 23rd


Student Session; 8:00-10:00AM; Coding Ozobots (Instructor- Abby Langner)

Teacher Session; 8:00-10:00AM; Python Coding (Intructor- Sriram Srinivasan)

Student Session;10:15-12:15PM; Python Coding (Intructor- Sriram Srinivasan)

Teacher Session;10:15-12:15PM; Web Development (Instructor- Abby Langner)

Lunch and Women in IT Panel; 12:45PM; Ally Graves, Lauren Bertelsen & Morgan Haworth

Explore the Henry Doorly Zoo; 3:00-5:45PM 

Closing Ceremonies at Henry Doorly Zoo; 6:00-8:00PM; Dinner & Speaker Astril Quadros

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

Sponsors

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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