Young Women in Computing Program (YWiC) is an outreach initiative developed with the vision to increase the participation in computer science (CS) activities and exposure for all students in NM. YWiC is housed in the Department of Computer Science at New Mexico State University and focuses on multidimensional program components such as in-school presentations, after-school programs, state-wide competitions, social networking, forums and conferences, plus teacher-program collaborations that will leverage the available resources across opportunities.
YWiC shares and promotes our highly successful, integrated curriculum that spans across elementary, middle, & high school plus college outreach. We hope to reach small and large groups of students and join in large-scale outreach efforts to attract more students to computer science related activities. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in more intensive and specialized activities like the after-school workshops, summer programs, conferences, and statewide competitions.
Since its inception, YWiC has directly impacted over 15,000 students. We began in the summer of 2006 as part of the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Computing Initiative.
YWiC provides year-round educational activities using hands-on experiences in beginning coding and object-oriented programming. YWiC hosts visitors to NMSU for one-hour workshops. We host over 60 workshops each year, to both young women and men, in grades 5 – 12. We talk about careers, college majors, and how students can get involved with computer science activities. If you would like to schedule a visit with our Outreach Team, please contact rgalves (at) cs.nmsu.edu or call (575) 646-1901.