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Young Women in Computing

Sponsoring Organization: 
NMSU Computer Science

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 programming, summer programs, state-wide competitions, social networking, forums and conferences, plus teacher-program collaborations that will leverage the available resources across opportunities.

Young Women in Computing (YWiC) began in the summer of 2006 as part of the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Computing Initiative. Since its inception, YWiC has directly impacted over 5,000 students. YWiC offers a series of integrated curriculum that spans across the multiple areas of middle school, high school and college outreach. This allows the program to reach large groups of students and utilize large scale outreach events to pinpoint students with demonstrated interest in computer science related activities. Those students are then given the opportunity to participate in more intensive and specialized activities like the summer programs, conferences, and competitions.

Young Women in Computing
Submission Type : 
Other STEM Resource
Mentor/Project Consulting
Eligibility Requirements: 
All students, teachers, administrators, program coordinators, parents, industry members, etc. are welcome to contact YWiC.
Other Location Information: 
YWiC works with students, teachers, and programs throughout NM. Most commonly with the Las Cruces Public Schools and the Gadsden Independent School District.
Event Season: 
Year Round
Cost to Attend: 
Young Women in Computing
Program Contact Information
Program Contact : 
Becca Galves
Las Cruces
(575) 646-3728
rgalves [at] cs.nmsu.edu
University or College Affiliation: 
Is your program statewide?: 
State Area Options: 
Southwest Region
What types of communities do you serve?(Urban/Rural): 
Subject Area: 
General - Technology
General - STEM Education and Policy
Target Audience: 
6-8th Grade
9-12th Grade
K-12th Grade Teachers
Undergraduate Students
Underrepresented Minorities in General
Low-Income and/or First-Generation College Students