College Outreach

BASIC/Breaking Digital Borders

BASIC Building Adult Skills in Computing logo.

As the digital revolution continues to transform our society, many older adults and other groups are being left behind. To help close this knowledge gap, on Saturday mornings during the academic year Michigan Tech students and faculty can be found at the Portage Lake District Library, Houghton, helping  community members with computers through the Computer Science department's BASIC—Building Adult Skills in Computing program.

Computing[MTU] Showcase

People in the lobby of the Rozsa Center.

Presented annually by the College of Computing and the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), the Computing[MTU] Showcase highlights research and initiatives of the College and the ICC. Activities include keynote talks, lectures, workshops; discussion panels; a poster competition; networking opportunities, and more.


Copper Country Coders

CC Coders logo.

Since 2011, Copper Country Coders has given middle and high school students a low-stakes, fun opportunity to gain programming experience and build a broader view of how computer science fits in with life and career. Started by Computer Science faculty members Charles Wallace and Leo Ureel, the weekly outreach is now led by Michigan Tech undergraduates.


Superior Ideas logo.

Coding is the 21st century literacy. Today's youth need experience in building the software that runs so much of today's (and tomorrow's) world. The CS 4 ALL team brings educational opportunities in coding to students in the local community, and works with teachers as they incorporate coding into their curricula.


A youth works on a computer in a cybersecurity outreach class

Today’s youth immerse themselves in technology at a young age, but many hazards accompany those cool smartphone and computer applications. To educate youth about the risks, CyberHusky, conducted by professors and students from the College of Computing, engages middle and high school students in cybersecurity/AI training and cyber competition. The group meets weekly during the academic year.

GenCyber Camps

Teacher working with a student building a computer.

GenCyber teacher and youth camps provide summer cybersecurity experiences for K-12 students and teachers, helping them understand safe on-line behavior, learn fundamental cybersecurity knowledge, increase interest in cybersecurity careers, and improve pedagogical methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula. The GenCyber summer camps are funded by the National Science Foundation.


NCWIT Aspirations in Computing logo.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) AspireIT programs are designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments.

NSF Scholarship for Service

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Funded in 2021 by a multi-million-dollar National Science Foundation grant, the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a national program to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers. The SFS program provides two- or three-year full scholarship support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate education. In return, following graduation scholarship recipients agree to work for the U.S. Government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

Summer Youth Programs

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In Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Programs (SYP), nearly 1,000 middle and high school students come to campus for week-long, hands-on explorations of college and career opportunities. The College of Computing presents a number of SYP programs, including Autonomous Vehicle Programming, Build a Computer, Coding Video Games, Cybersecurity, and Mechatronics.

Winter Wonderhack

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Winter Wonderhack is a hackathon hosted annually by the Humane Interface Design Enterprise, or HIDE. During the 36-hour event, student groups of one to four people build and code a project from scratch and take part in a wide range of fun activities.

Women in Computer Science (WiCS)

Women in Computer Science summer program group

Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is a student organization that supports and educates women in the computing disciplines. The group presents an annual week-long Summer Youth Program session in which high school girls discover the fascinating field of computer science and explore career opportunities.