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About Sandbox
What are sandboxes good for? They’re places to explore, to play with new things in a low-pressure, try-and-see space. Here, those new things are ideas and tools related to technology. Sandboxes are also great spots to meet people — in this case, your future classmates at UIC.
60 minutes
Next session: TBA
Program Participants

Would studying tech in college be fun? Useful for your future career? Right for you? Find out in Sandbox, a free 1-hour program that gets you on your way toward answering these important questions. Because this program is about taking your first exploratory steps in tech, it’s ideal for students who are finishing up high school or in their first two years of college.

Additional Info

Sandbox sessions are open to any students who are interested in experimenting with tech.

Whether you are a current UIC student or planning to attend UIC in a coming semester, we are happy to welcome you to this program.

Join us in the sandbox!

You probably hear people say that the “hot careers” are in tech.

They talk about visionaries who are developing the next TikTok or Instagram. Data skills that lead to competing job offers. Post-graduation salaries near (or even over) $100,000.

But is all that for you?

And if it is, how do you get there from here?

In this FREE 1-hour program, Break Through Tech Chicago can set you on the path to finding out. Take 60 minutes to see what tech can do for you — and make some new friends way before classes even start.

The details

Who: New female and nonbinary students who are starting at UIC this fall and who have an interest in getting to know technology and data. You can be in any UIC college and any major (including undecided).

Your hosts: Sandbox may be run by a UIC professor, such as Dale Reed — an advocate for #CSforALL, a.k.a. making computer science and tech accessible to all people — or by a UIC alumna, such as Cecilia Avila, a 2020 graduate of UIC who is dedicated to bringing more women and people from underrepresented groups into the tech world.

Bonus: Participating in Sandbox also gives you a chance to consider becoming a member of Break Through Tech Chicago — a huge asset as you go through your UIC career. 

Cost: $0.00

School-Specific Program Information

See you in the Sandbox!

Application Information

To be posted when our next program is announced

Partner Institution

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Women like myself, who are underrepresented in tech and business, could use this program to understand how the world is evolving. Break Through Tech is connecting us to resources and people who can shape our careers beyond college.

Marisol Lay, UIC student and Break Through Tech Chicago Sprintern