First Bytes

High School Junior & Senior Girls | Summer | 1 Week Session | Overnight

June 2-8, 2019
June 16-22, 2019

First Bytes Summer Camp is a one-week residential camp program for high school girls. It is designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue young women with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving.

Interested in applying?

Through First Bytes You Can:

  • See how computers solve real-world problems in medicine, the arts, and more.
  • Use your problem-solving and reasoning skills to explore real computer science.
  • Get hands-on programming experience and feel the thrill of getting a computer to do what you tell it to do.
  • Visiting research labs and learning abut the newest technology.
  • Work in a team.
  • Find out about the wide variety of jobs you can have as a computer scientist.
  • Enjoy a taste of university life and,
  • Have a week of computer science fun!

Accepted applicants will be housed on campus in one of our housing complexes. Counselor to camper ratios will be maintained at 1:10.

Our sponsors will provide for ALL COSTS of the camp except travel to and from the UT Austin campus. Keep in mind parking on campus can be challenging and expensive. Parking expenses will not be covered.

A wait list will be developed for no-shows and cancellations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be female.
  • You must be a high school student entering your junior or senior year in fall 2018.
  • You must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (80 out of 100) or higher.
  • You must be a Texas resident.
  • MICHELLE LIU,

    Sophomore Texas CS 2017

    First Bytes was my first real experience with CS outside of high school, and being in such a supportive environment with other girls from so many different backgrounds really made me believe I could succeed in the field and solidified my decision to pursue computer science. Creating a project with a team of other girls gave me the opportunity to understand that CS is a challenging but rewarding field. I also really enjoyed my visit to VMware, a software company in Austin, because it was the first time I was exposed to a working environment, and I was able to picture myself in a similar setting a few years down the road.

  • JACQUELINE GIBSON,

    Junior Texas CS 2017

    First Bytes is an amazing experience for high school girls interested in studying CS. As a former participant and later a Residential Assistant, I’ve been able to witness the transformative experience twice over. It’s amazing to see the ways that campers grow in confidence over the week, working together in teams to program and develop a project of their own. Girls have the ability to learn about the various facets of CS, learning from expert researchers and industry professionals. I can say confidently that First Bytes contributed to my decision to major in Computer Science and attend UT, and I am thankful to have participated in/worked with such a wonderful program.

  • DIVYA MANOHAR,

    Freshman Texas CS 2017

    Before attending First Bytes, I knew I was interested in coding but was unaware of the applications of computer science as a career. In just one week, First Bytes exposed me to a multitude of career options involving CS including architecture, the CIA and game design. Being introduced to all these focuses got me thinking about my future occupation, and motivated me to do research in topics I found especially interesting like computational neuroscience. Learning about the variety of specialties within CS made me want to go into research and proved to be the most impactful part of First Bytes.

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