DawgBytes: A Taste of CSE

UW CSE's K-12 outreach program, DawgBytes ("A Taste of CSE"), aims to introduce both students and teachers to the exciting world of computer science & engineering.

Computer science is a great field for everyone, and computer science needs the participation of the full spectrum of our nation and our world. UW CSE is serious - and successful - when it comes to increasing participation in the field. For example, in the most recent year, the proportion of women receiving degrees in Computer Science from UW CSE was twice the national average for bachelors programs at research-intensive universities. Read an article about our activities here. Read our annual activity reports: 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012.

Whether you are a K-12 student, a UW CSE student, a parent or an educator, we have opportunities for you!

If you are interested in scheduling a building tour or classroom visit, or becoming a DawgBytes volunteer, please e-mail outreach@cs.washington.edu.

Find lots of pictures and our events calendar on the DawgBytes Facebook page.

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For K-12 students

Programming Competitions

We host programming competitions organized by PSCSTA. These allow high school students to show off their programming chops. Learn more.

Summer Camps

Our summer camps introduce middle and high school students to computer science through programming projects, magic tricks and faculty presentations. Learn more.

Computing Open House

Several computing departments on campus as well as local tech companies present hands-on activities illustrating the breadth of computing. Learn more.


The NCWIT award for aspirations in computing recognizes high school girls passionate about computing. We participate in the WA affiliate competition. Learn more.


STEM Out!, organized with PSCSTA and Amazon.com, is a day just for girls to hear stories from women in STEM and participate in hands-on activities. Learn more.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

UW's Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing project has many activities, including a 9-week residential Summer Academy for students from across the nation. Learn more.

CSE Videos

We have created several videos to showcase applications of CSE, overcome CSE stereotypes and share why our students and faculty have chosen the field. Learn more.

For K-12 Teachers


Every summer, about 50 middle and high school math and science teachers come to UW CSE to learn how to teach computing concepts to their students. Learn more.

Puget Sound CSTA

We host and participate in monthly meetings of the Puget Sound chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Learn more.

Inspirational Teachers

Each year, we ask our students to nominate their favorite high school or community college instructor and invite them to join us for a banquet in their honor. Learn more.

National Involvement

CSE faculty members publish and present to conferences including SIGCSE and CS/IT. Principal lecturer Stuart Reges is currently University Faculty Representative for CSTA.

Summer CSE 142

We cover the cost for local K-12 teachers to complete our introductory programming course, CSE 142. Learn more and apply.

Upcoming Events

Events prefixed by "PSCSTA" are organized by the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association.