Bits & Bytes Program

CWIT Bits and Bytes Program 2015- February 15th-16th (President’s Day)

The Bits & Bytes Program is for high school junior girls interested in finding out more about the fields of engineering and IT. This year, we will invite about 35 academically talented young women to attend this free program supporting CWIT’s mission to encourage and support women to be leaders in Information Technology and Engineering fields. Participation in this event will include interactions with college students and faculty, an engineering or IT related hands-on design competition, and general advice on being a strong STEM college applicant.  This event is an overnight experience and students will stay in a residence hall on campus.

The IT design competition uses the Alice 3D authoring environment, which allows students to create, animate, and interact with 3D, computer-generated scenes. Students work in teams to design an animated story with various interactions, scenes, animated characters, and other features. In the engineering design competition, students are required to work in teams to invent something to solve a problem.

For each of the design competitions, the teams’ designs were judged by a group of judges, including a UMBC faculty member, industry professional, and a current CWIT or Cyber Scholar in the field. Teams are chosen for awards for their design, technical and creative achievement, and cost efficiency.

For the Bits and Bytes Program, we are looking for students with the following characteristics:

  • Female
  • Junior standing in high school
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Strong in mathematics and science
  • Possess a desire to learn and explore engineering and IT fields
  • Display leadership qualities

Please use the link below to apply:

2015 Bits & Bytes Program Application

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 15, 2015 AT 5:00PM**

**Each year, we receive more applications from qualified students than we can accommodate for the Bits and Bytes program.  Acceptance into this free program is based on a holistic review. We welcome all students interested in CWIT to reach out with questions and seek all opportunities to learn about our community.

Applicants can expect to receive a decision regarding participation in the program shortly after the deadline.  Please contact Crystal Diaz at with any questions or to ask about how you can be a part of this outreach program.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Spring 2015- Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and BAE Systems

Spring 2014- Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and BAE Systems

Spring 2013- Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and BAE Systems

Spring 2012 – Northrop Grumman

Spring 2011 – Northrop Grumman

Spring 2010 – Mr. Paul Mauritz