Outreach

Welcome to WCS Outreach! We are the subdivision of WCS dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue a computer science education. Although 51% of the United States population is female, only 18% of Computer Science bachelor’s degrees are earned by women. Women’s voices are needed in tech, and we want to do our part in making those numbers change.

We have two main initiatives - ChicTech, and our high school visits.

ChicTech Retreat

ChicTech is our annual November retreat for high schoolers that is centered around promoting computer science for women and about getting more women involved in STEM. We hold technical workshops for all experience levels, as well as fun student-led mentoring and social activities. This year it will be on November 2-3, 2019! Applications are open now, and will be open until October 18th! If you're interested in attending ChicTech, you can find the registration form and some FAQs here.

High School Visits

We visit high schools to speak to students, especially those underrepresented in tech fields, about STEM and why computer science could be the right field for them.

Resources

  • Made with Code: The website of a Google initiative to get more girls interested in tech! Their Mentors tab has a really cool collection of two minute videos about women and girls using technology to leave their impact in areas including fashion and music, healthcare and medicine, filmmaking, and social justice. They also have some basic programming projects available for you to learn from!

  • A list of little known women in technology throughout history whose work has had a significant impact on the world.

  • If you have any questions about the content above or want to reach out to us regarding ChicTech and/or our high school visits, you can email us at illinoiswcs.outreach@gmail.com.