First Bytes


First Bytes and Code Longhorn are canceled for 2020. We are offering applicants an opportunity to join our Texas Computer Science Summer Academy.

Texas Computer Science Summer Academy is a free program offered to students who applied for First Bytes or Code Longhorn. The Summer Academy will consist of pre-recorded short videos released daily from June 15 - June 25.

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.


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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.


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.


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.