Outreach

The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing is committed to making computing a field that includes participation of individuals across the intersections of gender identification, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and disability status.

Programs - Fall and Spring Semester Outreach Programs

Creative Computing Program

Register at https://go.umd.edu/i4c_FallRegister | Starting the week of September 27th

The Creative Computing Program is an enrichment program designed to provide all students in grades 4-8, including those who are underrepresented, experiences in computer science concepts. Students are taught by UMD Computer Science Ambassadors. This program starts the week of September 27th. For more information contact us (301) 405-7615 or i4c_k12@umd.edu

Grades 4-6 (Mondays)
Explore computer science and computational thinking by creating your own animation, story, and game development projects in the Creative Computing Program. Students will learn computer programming skills such as functions, loops, events and computational thinking skills such as debugging, testing, remixing and much more while learning Scratch, a Drag & Drop programming language. In addition, we will introduce other general computing concepts such as cybersafety and number theory. Students will be exposed to computing concepts and strengthening their computational skills and understanding across other content areas.

Grades 5-7 (Wednesdays)
Create dynamic web pages with HTML, CSS, & JavaScript. The Creative Computing Program gives students the opportunity to become inventors of websites as they apply their skills to real world situations. Students will learn how to structure their content, give it style, and add interactive elements to their web pages. Students will explore other computing concepts such as cybersecurity, number theory, and cryptology.

Grades 6-8 (Thursdays)
Advance your programming skills with Python. The Creative Computing Program gives students the opportunity to create geometric art designs and more advanced projects using Python. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced programmer, learning Python can enhance your understanding of variables, conditionals, input/output and much more. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of computing concepts that help them prepare for future career paths while also strengthening their math, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

Rise Up 4 CS+ Program @UMD

Rolling Acceptance - Register at: https://go.umd.edu/i4c_FallRegister | Starting October 2021

Are you taking AP Computer Science A (AP CSA) and need to deepen your knowledge of the Java programming language? Are you taking AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) and need help with CSP concepts or programming language? Join the Rise Up 4 CS+ program (RU4CS) at UMD. We accept new students to our program on a rolling basis.

AP CSA Specific Program Benefits:

  • E-book & Full Practice Tests
  • Live Interactive Webinars weekly

Program Benefits:

  • 1:1 On-Demand Tutoring
  • Social Activities & Workshops related to Women in Computing
  • Build a community of young women and non-binary students in computer science with current University of Maryland CS students

For more information contact us (301) 405-7615 or i4c_k12@umd.edu.

NCWIT Aspirations Awards

In collaboration with National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT), Maryland Affiliate Chapter, The University of Maryland-College Park, UMBC, and Loyola University Maryland partner together to recognize the best students for the prestigious NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) for the Maryland region. We honor 9th-12th grade students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The Award for AiC recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, and tenacity in the face of barriers to access. To receive more information visit and create a profile at: https://www.aspirations.org/recognitions/AiCAward

Calling all educators! (teachers, counselors, coaches, mentors, and others) who support students’ interest in tech: apply for the AiC Educator Award! Be recognized for all that you do for young womxn! Also, find out how you can encourage your students to apply. Get all the details here: www.aspirations.org/AiCEduAward

High School Computing Workshops at UMD

Register at: https://go.umd.edu/i4c_FallRegister | starts Wednesday, October 6th at 5:30 PM

Our workshops series for ALL high school students bas historically explored computing concepts in programming languages, cybersecurity, web design, data science, and careers. This fall we're providing a dynamic virtual experience for all high school students while engaging in discussions, exercises, and activities in real world situations. We have added new content related college prep. Join us every Wednesdays starting October 6th at 5:30PM-6:30PM. Space is limited!

Upcoming Workshop Series:

  • Intro to CS  - Wednesday, October 6th
  • Python I & II - Wednesday, October 13th & 20th
  • Cybersecurity - Wednesday, October 27th & November 3rd
  • Java - Wednesday, November 10th & 17th
  • UI/UX + Web Dev I & II - Wednesday, December 1st & 8th

 

For more information contact us (301) 405-7615 or i4c_k12@umd.edu

Girl Scouts Workshops

We are proud to present our new workshops series for Girl Scouts and troops to earn badges in Coding for Good and Cybersecurity. Join us as we explore computing concepts in programming languages, web design, app development, cybersecurity, password safety, and careers in cyber defense and all areas of computing. We will provide a dynamic virtual experience for girl scouts to “build their courage, confidence, and character” while engaging in discussions, exercises, and individual projects in real world situations. For more information complete our Outreach Request Form at: https://go.umd.edu/i4c_GSRegister

Past Workshops:

  • Cadettes & Seniors Coding for Good: Coding Basics
  • Brownies & Cadettes Cybersecuirty: Basics, Safeguards, & Investigators

New Coding for Good & Cybersecurity workshops for Daisies and Juniors are now available. Reserve your troop's spot Today!

 

STEM/Robotics K-12 Outreach

Throughout the year, our Ambassadors take our curriculum on the road to visit local organizations and schools (ex. local Girl Scout troops) with a fun STEM activity. Activities last approximately 2 hours. STEM options include LEGO Mindstorm Robots, cryptology activities and programming that provide an introduction to computing principles. If your group is interested in learning more about these options, tell us more about your group and your interest by completing the Outreach Request form: https://go.umd.edu/I4C_K12OutreachRequest

Ignite Elementary Workshop with UMD

Registration Coming Soon...

Elementary students are invited to participate with the University of Maryland current Computer Science students for an interactive learning experience in computing, robotics, and cybersecurity! In previous years our undergraduate students have led workshops in topics such as Python Art, Robotic Challenge, and Cryptography. This event provides students with the opportunity to explore computing topics, and learn about additional resources to continue their learning. Audience: Current 3rd- 5th Graders

For more information contact us (301) 405-7615 or i4c_k12@umd.edu and to be the first to register, complete our K-12 Outreach Programs Interest Form: https://go.umd.edu/I4C_OutreachInterest

CompSciConnect Curriculum in a Box

Computer Science Connect “Curriculum-In-A-Box”is a series of hands-on curriculum modules, video lectures and other resources that will be available for free, online. The Curriculum-In-A-Box enables educators, parents, and universities interested in creating outreach programs to do so easily, with pre-packaged, pre-tested curriculum. This project is supported by the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Special Projects Grant.

The Perspective - CS @UMD

Returning October 2021

The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion & Diversity in Computing & the Maryland Center for Women in Computing in partnership with Code: Black invites you to The Perspective - CS @UMD. This event is for all high school students, including those who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and American Indian. Students will be able to take a closer look at the University of Maryland's admissions process and program requirements. Students will hear from current Computer Science students' perspective about being a CS major and student life at the University of Maryland.

For more information contact us (301) 405-7615 or i4c_k12@umd.edu and to be the first to register, complete our K-12 Outreach Programs Interest Form: https://go.umd.edu/i4c_FallRegister

Technica

Returns November 13-14, 2021

Technica is the world's largest all-women and nonbinary hackathon, hosted annually at the University of Maryland. Over the duration of 24 hours, women and non-binary people are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks.

For more information contact us at hello@gotechnica.org or visit our website: https://gotechnica.org/

Cyber Girls Ambassadors

Returning Fall 2021

In partnership with WIT (the local professional Women in Technology), UMD Computer Science students go into the high schools to coach high school students to participate in the CyberPatriot competition through after school programs in local schools. This program is managed by the ACES Honors Program.

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I4C Summer Academy

 

 I4C Summer Academy

Interested in an I4C Summer Academy program?

Share your interest with us: https://go.umd.edu/i4c_AcademyInterest

Summer Academy Applications will open in February 2022.

 

 

AI4ALL

Target Camper: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders

AI4ALL is a three-week long, computer programming and artificial intelligence (AI) summer camp, previously residential. Students will come away from the camp knowing how AI can be used to help people and an idea of what kinds of careers there are in AI. The camp will be offered to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Students will be exposed to personal growth, education, and hands-on experiences presented by faculty, guest lecturers,  and students at the University of Maryland. 

Throughout the program, students will experience a blended learning environment with formal instruction, group work with UMD AI faculty and graduate students, as well as field trips, lab visits, and guest speakers. 

 

Cyber Defense Training Camp

Target Camper: Rising 11th and 12th Graders
 
Cyber Defense Training Camp is an intermediate level (some technical experience is required) two-week summer program for both male and female students. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of cybersecurity and gain practical skills through instruction by an experienced security professional while living on the UMD campus. Students learn about career options in the field, take at least one field trip and hear from a variety of speakers to learn more about how to prepare to enter this exciting profession. 
 
 

Introduction to Computing 101

Target Camper: Rising 9th-12th Graders

Come join us for a two-week camp to learn the basics of Python. Students will spend the weeks with current UMD computer science students to explore the field. Students will have lab visits and field trips. Students with previous computing experience should explore one of our other camps as this is created to be an introduction to computing.

 
 
 

CompSciConnect

Target Camper: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
 
CompSciConnect is a three-year summer camp (Yellow, Red, and Terp groups) that typically begins with rising 6th graders joining the Yellow group. Each summer, students learn more advanced skills and also meet once a month throughout the school year to maintain those skills. Through the three years, students explore block programming with scratch (Yellow); web programming with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Red); and Python and 3D programming (Terp), along with cybersecurity/safety, cryptology, number bases, logic, and computer use skills. Through the three years, we emphasize how these skills connect to other areas of study and to making the world a better place. 
***Note: We typically only accept students into Yellow and Red. We will have 45-50 spots for Yellow campers, and about 10-20 spots for Red.
 
All rising 6th graders will be considered for Yellow ONLY.
All rising 7th graders will be considered for Yellow or Red ONLY.
All rising 8th graders will be considered for Red.
 
For more information, visit https://inclusion.cs.umd.edu/outreach/csc
 
 

JumpStart Computing Elementary Camp

Target Camper: Rising 4th and 5th Graders
 
Elementary students are invited to an interactive learning experience in computing, robotics, and cybersecurity. Undergraduate students will cover topics such as Python Art, Number Theory, Scratch, and Cryptography over the course of this one-week camp. This event will provide students with the opportunity to explore computing topics, and learning about additional resources to continue their learning. Students should have a basic level of reading comprehension and math skills.
 
 

Make Your Own Wearables 

Returning Summer 2022
 
Target Camper: Rising 8th-12th Graders

This one-week camp is designed to introduce students to the world of wearable technology. Here, students will take an inside look at the possibilities of creating wearable technology and the revolution behind such technology. Students will foster their talent and creativity by being introduced to the principles of cloud computing, progressive web application development, electronics, and the Internet of Things. This hands-on experience provides students the ability to learn about software, hardware, and applying Arduino programming to create wearable items such as light-up keychains, bracelets, and brooches, as well as time to discover their own passion for creating fashion. Labs will consist of creating a prototype design on a breadboard, and verifying the design works, using our state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment.

 

Scholarships

2022 Summer Academy Need-based Scholarships will be available next summer. Scholarships are available for all of our camps. They are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please make sure that before you apply for a scholarship that you have applied to a summer program. 

 

FAQ's 

Can my son participate in this camp? All students are eligible to apply for camp. Some camps are geared more towards girls, but we accept boys into all of our camps.
 
How will my student's teacher be contacted to be a reference? We will send out an electronic form to all references on a rolling basis beginning in February. References can also complete a paper form.
 
When do I pay for camp? Applications for day camps will be reviewed in late March.  You will be contacted to confirm your participation and complete payment information by the end of April. Students accepted into residential camps will be asked to pay a deposit with their confirmation form in late April. Full balances will be due 1 month after confirmation.
 
My student is really excited about XX camp. Is there any exception for grade requirements? We currently have camp opportunities for rising 4th- 12th graders. Our camp grade requirements are for students rising into a particular grade. We are not able to make grade exceptions for any reason. We hope you can find a camp that matches your student's interests.
 
I am interested in CompSciConnect. Can my student attend week 1 of one session and week 2 of another session? Due to the nature of CompSciConnect and the team environment, your student must be able to attend an entire full session of camp.