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

Fall registration is closed | September 26 - December 7

The Creative Computing Program is an enrichment program designed to provide all students in grades 4-8, including those who have historically been underrepresented in computing, experiences in computing concepts. Students are taught by current UMD Computer Science undergraduates. Classes are held online from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM eastern time. For more information contact us (301) 405-7615 or i4c_k12@umd.edu

Grades 4-6 (Wednesdays)

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 and testing while learning Drag & Drop programming. In addition, we will introduce other general computing concepts such as cybersafety and number theory. 

Grades 5-7 (Returning Spring 2023)

Create web pages with HTML and CSS. 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 and give it style. Students will explore other computing concepts such as cybersecurity, number theory, and cryptology.

Grades 6-8 (Mondays)

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 - https://go.umd.edu/Fall22Reg | Join Today!

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 a programming language? Join the Rise Up 4 CS+ program (RU4CS) at UMD. We accept new students on a rolling basis.This  Our Kick-off event will be on October 1 at 11 AM.

AP CSA Specific Program Benefits:

  • Full Practice Test Questions
  • Interactive Webinars on Saturdays Weekly

Program Benefits:

  • 1:1 On-Demand Tutoring for AP CSA & AP CSP
  • Social Activities, Guest Speakers & Workshops
  • Build a community of young women and non-binary students in computing with current UMD 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, consisting of 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 9-12 grade students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing or tech related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Our 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. Applications open September 1 and due October 20.

Our NCWIT AiC meet up event will be at Technica on October 15. 

High School Computing Workshops at UMD

https://go.umd.edu/Fall22Reg | Registration opens September 1

Our workshops series for ALL high school students has 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. This fall 2 of our workshops will be in person on October 15 at TBD, October 30 at 10 AM. Join us virtually on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM. Space is limited!

Upcoming Workshop Series:

  • Technica Workshop - 10/15*
  • Cybersecurity - 10/19
  • App Development II - 10/30*
  • UI/UX + Web Dev I - 11/2
  • UI/UX + Web Dev II - 11/9
  • Python I -11/16
  • Python II - 11/30

 *In-person on UMD-College Park campus at the Brendan Iribe Center 

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

Technica

October 15-16, 2022 | Register at: gotechnica.org/register

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.

Technica 2022's theme is “Reach New Heights!” This year, we want to help all of our hackers rise to the next level of their journey through tech, whether that means tackling challenging new projects or writing your first line of code. We encourage you to be open-minded, be curious, and find your space in tech! Whether we serve as a push in the right direction, or as a place for you to explore your curiosities, we hope that you are able to #ReachNewHeights! Explore your untapped potential — the sky is the limit at Technica!

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

 

Girl Scouts Workshops

We are proud to present our workshops series for Girl Scouts to earn their Coding for Good, Cybersecurity, and Robotics badges while building “courage, confidence, and character.” 

Coding for Good and Cybersecurity badges may be earned through virtual workshops. To request a virtual private workshop for your troop, please fill out our Outreach Request form: https://go.umd.edu/I4C_K12OutreachRequest.

On November 12th from 10AM to 2PM, we will also be hosting Robotics badge workshops in-person at the Brendan Iribe Center at the University of Maryland - College Park. Registration for this event will open in October

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

Returning Spring 2023

Elementary students are invited to participate with the University of Maryland's 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 at (301) 405-7615 or i4c_k12@umd.edu

 

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 2023

The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion & Diversity in Computing & the Maryland Center for Women in Computing in partnership with Code: Black invite 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' perspectives 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

Cyber Girls Ambassadors

Returning Fall 2023

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

I4C Summer Academy Applications are closed for summer 2022!

 

 

 

AI4ALL

The summer 2022 application is closed!

Summer 2023 applications open: January 2023
 
Target Camper: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders
 
Program Dates: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - Saturday, July 23, 2022 (Orientation: June 26, 2022)
 
Cost to attend: $600 (includes room & board)

AI4ALL is a three-week-long, computer programming and artificial intelligence (AI) residential summer program, previously residential. Students will come away knowing how AI can be used to help people and an idea of what kinds of careers there are in AI. The program 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

The summer 2022 application is closed!
 
Summer 2023 applications open: January 2023

Target Camper: Rising 11th and 12th Graders

Program Dates: Sunday, June 26, 2022 - Saturday, July 2, 2022
 
Cost to attend: $1000 (includes room & board)
 
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. 
 
 

Create Tech

The summer 2022 application is closed!
 
Summer 2023 applications open: January 2023

Target Camper: Rising 8th-12th Graders

Program Dates: Monday, July 25, 2022 - Friday, August 5, 2022 (Orientation is Sunday, July 24, 2022)

Cost to attend: $400

Come join us for a two-week non-residential summer program to learn the basics of Python and Wearable Technology. 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. Students will also be introduced 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.

 
 
 

CompSciConnect

The summer 2022 application is closed!
 
Summer 2023 applications open: January 2023
 
Target Camper: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
 
Program Dates: Session 1 (Yellow & Red) Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - Friday, July 15, 2022
                          Session 2 (Red & Terp) Monday, July 18, 2022 - Friday, July 29, 2022
                          Session 3 (Yellow & Terp) Monday, August 1, 2022 - Friday, August 12, 2022
 
Cost to attend: $300
 
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 make 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

The summer 2022 application is closed!
 
Summer 2023 applications open: January 2023
 
Target Camper: Rising 4th and 5th Graders
 
Program Dates: Monday, June 27, 2022 - Friday, July 1, 2022
 
Cost to attend: $150
 
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 learn about additional resources to continue their learning. Students should have a basic level of reading comprehension and math skills.
 
 

 

Scholarships

The summer 2022 application is closed!
 
Summer 2023 applications open: January 2023
 
I4C Summer Academy Need-based Scholarships will be available this summer. Scholarships are available for all of our camps for students living in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia areas. 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.