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.

Explore CS Series

WCS Outreach is presenting an informative video series about the research our professors have done, using computer science applications, to impact different fields of work. This will allow young teenagers, and possibly even you reading this, to learn more about the opportunities available through studying computer science!

We are bringing professors from all fields of expertise to talk about how they have used computer science to complete their research and how it affects the field they work in, as well as communities around the world!

Stay tuned to our YouTube channel and check out our introductory article to learn more!

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Click on this link to learn more!

ChicTech Retreat

ChicTech is out annual retreat for high schoolers, centered around promoting computer science for women and about getting more women involved in STEM. We usually hold technical workshops for all experience levels, as well as fun student-led mentoring and social activities. This year, due to unprecidented circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to plan an in-person ChicTech retreat. Although we will not have the retreat in-person, we still plan on providing online resources later in the spring semester, so keep an eye out for that!

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.