The Department of Computer Science's outreach initiatives share the excitement of the field of computer science with K-12 students across Texas.

Did you know computer science is projected to produce far more jobs in the coming decade than all other science and engineering jobs combined? Computer scientists are responsible for the rapid pace of innovations in technology, medicine, communications, commerce, human interactions and physical sciences that we see today. 

The following programs can help you to learn more about this exciting field.


Coding in the Classroom

Coding in the Classroom includes both UTCS’s Hour of Code effort and a number of classroom coding programs. The classroom coding programs take place at 6 elementary and middle schools in AISD, the local public school district. In these programs, members of UTCS visit K-12 schools and introduce students to computer science and programming. Several hands-on technologies are used in a series of 6-8 lessons and projects, such as Kano Raspberry Pi Computer Kits as well as Lego Mindstorms.

Summer Academies

Texas Computer Science offers four very distinct summer academies for high school students. These academies offer a unique hands on experience in learning computer science.

UTCS Roadshow

Do you want to bring the world of computer science to your middle or high school classroom? Our team of undergraduate and graduate students will give a 45-minute presentation detailing the many areas of computer science and show an Aibo robotic dog.