Outreach Programs at Pitt Computer Science
Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are the most in demand careers of the future, with a projection that by the year 2021 there will be more than one million jobs in computer science/programming than computer science students. The statistics show that computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average. That is why the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh is part of a multi-faceted effort to attract more students to the field of computer science and to help engage more under-represented groups in the field.
Pitt Computer Science has been developing various outreach programs over the last decade. These outreach programs range from middle school and high school programs such as our Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI) and Tour Your Future, to programs targeting women and under-represented students like She Innovates (all-women's hackathon) and WiCStart (camp for undeclared female freshmen students). Our programs aim to engage students across disciplines and grade levels to instill a passion for computer science and to create safe environments to promote learning and computer science education.
Through the establishment of unique partnerships between university students, K-12 educators and students, and the local and global computer science community, the CS Department has developed and implemented a number of educational programs and events that have reached thousands of students, educators, and university members.