The Maryland Center for Women in Computing seeks to bring extraordinary women into computing through outreach programs.



Target Camper: Rising 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
Session 1: Yellow & Terp: June 17 - 28
Session 2: Red & Yellow: July 15 - 26
Session 3: Red & Terp: July 28 - August 9
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 and Lego robots (Yellow); web programming with HTML, CSS and JavaScript (Red); and Python and Unity 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.

Registration opens: February 1st
Best consideration date: March 1st
Cost: $300
For more information, visit http://mcwic.cs.umd.edu/csc

Cyber Defense Training Camp

Target Camper: Rising 11th and 12th Graders
July 7th- July 13th
Cyber Defense Training Camp is an intermediate level (some technical experience is required) seven-day residential summer program for 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.

Registration opens: January 16th
Best consideration date: February 15th
Cost: $1250
For more information, visit https://mcwic.cs.umd.edu/cyber


JumpStart Computing Elementary Camp

Target Camper: 4th and 5th Graders
Session 1: July 8th- July 12th
Session 2: Aug 5th- August 9th
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.
Before and After Care will be available for an additional fee.

Registration opens: February 1
Best consideration date: March 22
Cost: $150
More information: Coming Soon

Make Your Own Wearables

Target Camper: Rising 9th-12th Grade Girls
Session 1: July 8th- July 12th
Session 2: Aug 5th- August 9th
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.
Registration opens: February 1
Best consideration date: March 22
Cost: $200
More information: Coming Soon


Target Camper: Rising 10th and 11th Graders
July 15th-August 3rd
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 and 11th graders in the area with a specific focus on Washington, DC and Prince George’s County (MD) Residents. Students will be exposed to personal growth, education, and hands-on experiences presented by faculty, guest lecturers,  and students at the University of Maryland.

Registration opens: January 25
Best consideration date: February 22
Cost: $200
More information: Coming Soon

Introduction to Computing 101

Target Camper: Rising 9th-12th Graders
June 24- June 28
Come join us for a 1 week camp to learn the basic of Java or Python (TBD). Students will spend the week 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.

Registration opens: February 1
Best consideration date: March 22
Cost: $150
More information: Coming Soon

Outreach Programs

STEM/Robotics K-12 Outreach

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. 

Weekly Elementary & Middle School Outreach

In a weekly after-school program, MCWIC Ambassadors provide weekly after-school programs in the local community to expose more students to computing through hands-on activities and real world problems. Much of the curriculum is adapted from CompSciConnect.  Schools can only be added to our current program between June- August and December- January. If your school is interested in this program, please complete this form.

Ladies Navigate Computer Science- High School Recruitment Event for Women interested in computing

Are you interested in virtual reality, cyber security, game development, or programming?  Come learn about Computer Science and all of the opportunities for women in computing at the University of Maryland.
To be announced for 2019!

This event is open to all students who identify as females in high school. Information will be geared towards Juniors and Seniors. 1 Parent/Guardian is welcome to attend, but must register in advance (on the same form) and will attend a different program.

JumpStart Computing Workshop at UMD

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. View the flyer hereAudience: Current 3rd- 5th Graders.

Date: May 5th, 2018

Date: December 8th, 2018

Future workshops will be added soon. 

High School Computing Workshops at UMD

Each semester, the MCWIC host 1-3 one-day workshops geared toward exposing students to different types of computing. Workshops are opened to all students from 8th-12th grade.

Future workshops will be added soon. 

Past workshops include:

Intro to Programming

Virtual Reality Programming

Find Your Niche: Creating Animations with Alice Programming

Find Your Niche: Intro to Python

Find Your Niche: Introduction to Interactive Web Development

Intro to Web Development

Rise-Up 4 CS -Maryland

Project Rise Up 4 CS helps under-represented (female, Hispanic, African American,Native American) students pass the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A course and exam. You must be currently enrolled in an AP CS A (Java)  to apply. To view a printable flyer, click here.  Note: RiseUp4CS will not be offered in Fall 2018.

NCWIT Aspirations

In collaboration with National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT), Maryland-Delaware Affiliate Chapter, the Center recognizes  young women in high school who pursue their passion in computing in an award ceremony each Spring.  Both local and national award winners are invited to attend the event on campus. In the past women from companies including Northrop Grumman serve as table hosts to encourage these young women to pursue a career in computing. Applications open every year on September 1st. Applications are typically due early November. View past winners and events here.

Download Aspirations flyer here.

Women's Society Cyberjutsu

Each month the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu offer a hands on training to students and professionals on relevant issues in cyber in collaboration with MCWIC. Current Cyberjutsu events can be found on our calendar.

Girls Who Code-UMD Chapter

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%. Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. Join us on Sundays from 1-3pm at the University of Maryland to have fun, learn computer science, and meet awesome friends! To learn more and to register, please complete this form.

Cyber Girls Ambassadors

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.

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.

MCWIC Outreach

Girl Scout STEM Outreach