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Immersion Experience

Spring Codecrush will be held march 25-27
This event has moved online. see below for details. 


CodeCrush Immersion Experiences were created to show 8th and 9th-grader, 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, hands-on workshops with cutting edge technology, and visiting 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.

What's more? If you're accepted into CodeCrush you'll get: 

- A $1,000 scholarship for IS&T 
- A free Techademy class 
- A chance to intern with one of our labs over the summer 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, on- and off-campus university sponsored events that involve more than 20 people, or use more than one-third of the venue’s capacity, are postponed or cancelled effective immediately through the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

Because of this, CodeCrush Immersion Experience has moved sessions online. The Schedule is Pending. 

Check out our FAQ page!

Common Questions

What does it cost?


What are the program dates?

2021 Spring Immersion Experience Dates
are March 25th - 27th

The Spring 2021 agenda is below

How many spots?

40 students and 40 teachers

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

How do I apply?

Click below to start the application, its short and will only take about 20 minutes. Applications are due by Feb 21, 2021


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 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 2020 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.)

*For the Virtual CodeCrush Immersion Experience, teachers will not be required to attend but will have the option. Special sessions will also be available for teachers to live stream to their entire virtual classroom or in-person classroom.  

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!

Virtual Agenda - Spring 2021

Thursday, March 25th

Welcome Remarks & Opening Speaker Amy Kaden 8:45-9:45AM
**The public is invited to view our keynote speakers! RSVP for the talk here: RSVP

Student Bioinformatics Workshop with Dr Kate Cooper: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Teacher Workshop with Dr. Rosemary Edzie & Laura Sherwin: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Ice Breakers with CodeCrush Team: 1:15-2:30PM

Company Social Hour and Panel with BuilderTrend: 3:00-4:00PM

Game Night with Attic (UNO students): 7:00-8:30PM

Friday, March 26th

Student Cybersecurity Workshop with Dr Greg Hoff: 9:00-11:00AM

Teacher Bioinformatics Workshop with Dr. Kate Cooper: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Lunch & Learn Panel with UNO Alumni: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Student AI Session with Anoop Mishra & team: 1:30-3:30PM


Teacher Workshop on ozobots with Abby Langner: 8:30-10:30AM

Student Mini-Hackathon with ACM-W: 8:30AM-10:45PM

Closing Speaker Jocelyn Harper: 11:00-12:00PM
**The public is invited to view our keynote speakers! Register for Jocelyn's talk here: RSVP

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 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.

Founding Sponsor
Women In IT Fund Partners