K-12 Outreach & Resources

At Illinois Computer Science we aim to serve our local community and raise awareness and interest in computer science. Learn about our K-12 outreach and resources.

K-12 Outreach

Our K-12 outreach programs are designed to raise awareness of computer science in our community throughout the state of Illinois and beyond. We seek to introduce young people, especially women and people underrepresented in computing, to skills highly sought after in industry and academia to provide a pathway to impactful and fulfilling career opportunities.

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K-12 Resources

We take great pride in our role in educating computer scientists who change our world by doing things that were thought impossible. To support K-12 educators, we have developed a list of departmental, college, and national resources.

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Grainger College of Engineering Outreach Programs

Grainger Engineering is committed to extending the benefits of engineering and STEM education to everyone. See our K-12 outreach opportunities: 

For more information about Grainger Outreach programs, please contact The Grainger Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Program.

The Quintessential Engineer statue on the University of Illinois campus.

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We welcome our alumni and friends to partner with us on recruiting, research collaborations, and philanthropy to uphold our global reputation as a leader in computer science education and research.

Build the Talent Pipeline

Illinois Computer Science has developed fun and diverse programming throughout the year to engage and inspire young people to explore computer science.

  • Girls Who Code chapter—ongoing programming for local girls
  • Sail (April)—a day of student-run workshops targeted at high school students
  • NCWIT Aspirations Awards (April)—recognizes high school girls for their interest in computer science
  • ChicTech Retreat (November)—an overnight retreat for high school girls

The CS department, alumni donations, and corporate partners fund these outreach activities.


Cynthia Jeanette Coleman
Director of External Relations

Yael Gertner

Erin Henkelman
Office Manager