UW CSE's K-12 outreach program, DawgBytes, introduces students and teachers to the exciting world of computer science & engineering!

Computer science is an exciting field for people of all skills and interests. To create the best new technology and to solve the world's most important problems, computer science needs people from all backgrounds. We work hard to make everyone has access to CS, with programs like our K-12 Outreach. Read about our activities here. Read our annual activity reports: 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012.

To schedule a classroom visit, volunteer, or ask about our program please e-mail outreach@cs.washington.edu.

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

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Upcoming Events

  • Info Sessions for Prospective CS Majors
    High school and college students and their families are invited to learn more about our undergraduate program, then take a tour of our facilities. 
    Info sessions happen throughout the year: See Info Sesson dates and details.

Learning resources

  • Code.org

    Learn basic computer science with a suite of classroom-ready courses for different ages (even kindergarten). Lessons blend game-like tutorials with unplugged classroom activities, and short video lectures with Bill Gates, Angry Birds and more. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, algorithms, functions, and variables.

  • Khan Academy

    Learn the basics of JavaScript, HTML/CSS, SQL programming and computer science concepts while creating fun drawings with your code. Do it with interactive video tutorials which let you edit the code as the video teaches you!

  • Codeacademy

    Codecademy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript and various other langauges that's used by tens of millions of students around the world. Lessons are a complete experience with accompanying quizzes, slides, and a projects for students.

  • Scratch

    With Scratch, you can create your own interactive games, stories, animations — and share them with your friends. Get started by animating your name, creating a holiday card, or making a pong game.

  • Tynker

    Tynker makes it fun and easy to learn programming in a visual way. Kids build games and mobile apps by arranging blocks of code, removing the need to know programming syntax. Kids transform ideas into animated stories and math art right away. As kids learn fundamentals, Tynker introduces more advanced concepts including syntax driven programming.

  • Codecombat

    Defeat ogres to learn Python or JavaScript in this epic programming game!

For K-12 students and families


Building Tours

Get inspiration for your CS goals with a tour from our undergraduate Ambassadors! Schedule your tour on our Tour Information page. 

APCS Review Day

Join our fun review day for students taking the AP Computer Science exam! Learn more .

UW in the High School

We work with local high school teachers through UW in the High School to support them in their efforts to teach computer science courses in their classrooms.

Class Visits

Hundreds of students visit and tour our department each quarter. In addition, we send students and faculty to local schools to introduce students to computer science.  Learn more .


Throughout the school year, we host one-day workshops to introduce students to computer science concepts. To be notified of upcoming workshops, subscribe to our mailing list above.

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

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

Explore technology each December with our open house, featuring hands-on activities, research demos, and more! Learn more.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes high school women with a passion for tech. We participate in the Western Washington Affiliate competition. Learn more.

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

AccessCS10K focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities by building tools and curricula which allow computer science teachers to serve those students. Learn more.

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.

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Teachers may apply for tuition exemption to take our intro classes through the university's tuition exemption program, found here.