Young Women in Computer Science


The Computer Science Institute for Young Women (CSIW) is a 2-3 day summer workshop open to female students, mostly graduating high school students.  The CSIW concept was proposed in the Science Education and Outreach Team aims of Missouri EPSCoR Track-1 (Missouri Transect) proposal, awarded on August 1, 2014.  Each summer, a different EPSCoR-affiliated institution will host a multi-day workshop to target young women interested in careers in computer science and in the science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) fields.  The next CSIW will be held on July 11-12, 2018 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with six experts in STEM fields and participate in hands-on activities in the following topics:

- Working with environmental data from Internet of Things sensors to identify trends

- Monitoring urban gardens and programming in smart apps

- Design and fabrication of a solar thermal collector by 3D printing technology

- Understanding climate change through computer simulations and modeling

- Calculating the energy of volcanic explosions using computer models and outdoor demonstrations

- Understanding spatial thinking in social science with Geographic Information System (GIS)


If you or someone you know is a female student at a high school in Missouri, contact Dr. Terry Woodford-Thomas (tthomas [at] danforthcenter [dot] org) to sign up for the next CSIW program.  Registration and participation is free! Register here:

CSIW 2018 Flier

CSIW 2018 Schedule


"very cool using the tools that scientists actually use"