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
High School Computing Workshops at UMD
Registration open October 2020
We are proud to present our new workshops series for ALL high school students interested in computer science. Join us as we explore computing concepts in programming languages, web design, data science, cybersecurity and careers. We will provide a dynamic virtual experience for all high school students while engaging in discussions, exercises, and activities in real world situations. Starting October 7th all workshops are on Wednesdays at 4:00PM-5:00PM until December 2nd. Space is limited!
Register at: https://go.umd.edu/I4C_HSworksRegister
Intro to CS I & II
Cybersecurity & Social Media
UI/UX + WebDev I, II, III
Python + Data Science I & II
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 self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary 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. Students can apply as early as September 1st, at www.aspirations.org! The application deadline is November 5th. 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. Applications for 9-12 grade students close November 5, 2020 and educators who endorse students' applications are due December 7, 2020. Get all the details here: www.aspirations.org/AiCEduAward
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_K12OutreachRequest.
- Cadettes & Seniors Coding for Good: Coding Basics
- Brownies & Cadettes Cybersecuirty: Basics, Safeguards, & Investigators
New Daisy & Junior Cybersecurity workshops coming soon...
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.
This year’s theme is “Expand Your Horizons”. At Technica, we want to see women and non-binary folks thrive and go beyond society’s expectations for them. We encourage all attendees to take your tech journey beyond Technica.
Rise Up 4 CS - UMD
Rolling Acceptance - Register at: https://go.umd.edu/I4C_RiseUp4CS_Registration
Are you a high school student who identifies as a female or non-binary and need help with the Advanced Placement Computer Science A (AP CSA) course and exam? Starting October 3rd, join us every Saturday at 11:00 AM or 12:30 PM to deepen your knowledge of computer science with other high school students enrolled in AP CSA, who share your same interest in computing. The Rise Up 4 CS (RU4CS) program provides students with access to an online book, tutoring sessions and live interactive lessons taught by current UMD Computer Science Teaching Ambassadors. There is a monetary gift for all RU4CS students who complete the program and submit their AP CSA scores by July 31, 2021. You must be enrolled in AP CSA (Java) during the 2020-2021 school year to register.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Here are a few resources for students and families to enjoy.
10 Coolest Jobs in Cybersecurity
picoCTF 2020 Mini Competition
PBS Cybersecurity Lab
PBS Kids Cyberchase
Epic Cyber Hero Handbook by Knowbe4
Security Cat's Super Awesome Activity Book by Knowbe4
Safe Online Surfing by The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Cyberbullying Resources by StopBullying.gov
JumpStart Computing Workshop at UMD
Registration open October 2020
Elementary students are invited to the University of Maryland for an interactive learning experience in computing, robotics, and cybersecurity! Undergraduate students lead 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.
Date: May 11th, 2019
Date: December 9th, 2019
If you would like your school to partner with us, complete the Outreach Request Form at:https://go.umd.edu/I4C_K12OutreachRequest by September 25th.
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.
Creative Computing Program
Returning Spring 2021
The Creative Computing Program is an enrichment program designed to provide students, in grades 4-8 who identify as female or as Black, Latinx, or Native American, experiences in computer science concepts. Students are taught by UMD Computer Science Teaching Ambassadors. This weekly program begins September 21, 2020 and ends May 7, 2021. Although we would like to accept all schools, space is limited.
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.
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.
Ladies Navigate Computer Science
High School Recruitment Workshop
Returning Spring 2021
Are you interested in computer programming, cybersecurity, web design, game development? Maybe you are interested in Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Do you have interest in studying Computer Science in college? UMD Computer Science Teaching Ambassadors, staff and faculty are here to help you navigate this space at the Ladies Navigate Computer Science event.
At this event you will learn about the application process, Honors program, computer science student organizations and many more opportunities for women in computing at the University of Maryland. You will have a chance to meet and ask questions to current Computer Science undergraduate students during the student panel. This event is open to all high school students who identify as female. The information provided at this event will be tailored to Juniors and Seniors.
STEM/Robotics K-12 Outreach
Returning Spring 2021
Throughout the year, MCWIC 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, please complete this form to tell us more about your group and your interest.
Girls Who Code - UMD Chapter
Registration is closed. Returning Fall 2021
To receive more information about the UMD GWC chapter email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Due to the pandemic, many of our Summer 2020 camps were cancelled. CompSciConnect, AI4ALL, and Cyber Defense were held virtually this summer. Accepted Campers can find more information about our camps here:
One Session: July 12th - July 31st
AI4ALL is a three-week long, residential computer programming and artificial intelligence (AI) summer camp. 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.
For more information, visit https://inclusion.cs.umd.edu/outreach/ai4all
Cyber Defense Training Camp (VIRTUAL)
One Session: July 5th - July 11th
Cyber Defense Training Camp is an intermediate level (some technical experience is required) one-week residential 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.
For more information, visit https://inclusion.cs.umd.edu/outreach/cyber
Introduction to Computing 101 (CANCELLED)
One Session: August 2nd-August 14th
Come join us for a 2-week residential camp to learn the basic of Python. Students will spend the weeks with current 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.
For more information, https://inclusion.cs.umd.edu/outreach/intro
Target Camper: Rising 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
NEW DATES: July 13- July 24, July 27-August 7th, or August 10th- August 21st
Cost: $300 (Reduced for virtual camp)
Day Camp: 8:45am-3:30pm (with before and after care options)
**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://mcwic.cs.umd.edu/outreach/csc
JumpStart Computing Elementary Camp (CANCELLED)
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, Cryptography and Robotics 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 (CANCELLED)
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.
Scholarship Forms are now open. Apply Here.
Scholarships are available for all of our camps. They are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please make sure that you are applying for both a camp and a scholarship to be considered for camp.
Scholarship Applications close: TBD
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 begining Feb 5th. References can also complete a paper form.
Is before and after care offered? Before and after care is offered each weekday for CompSciConnect and JumpStart Elementary Camps starting at 7:45am and ending at 5:15pm. The cost is $50 per week per student.
When do I pay for camp? Applications for day camps will be reviewed in mid-March. You will be contacted to confirm your participation and complete payment information by the end of March. Students accepted into residential camps will be asked to pay a deposit with their confirmation form in late March/early 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 interest.
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.