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BOLIVAR, Mo. — Google has selected Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences to receive a grant for a second year to underwrite a summer 2013 workshop for elementary and secondary school teachers. The grant was approved under Google’s CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) program.
Competition for the grants was “highly competitive,” according to Erin Mindell, manager for the grant program in Google’s New York headquarters. The focus of the two-day workshop, scheduled for July 12-13 at SBU, is to help the teachers begin toincorporate “computational thinking” into classroom activities in all academic disciplines. Teachers of any academic area in middle or high school are invited to the workshop.
CS4HS is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science and computational thinking in high school and middle school curriculum. Workshops developed under the grant incorporate informational talks by industry leaders and discussions on new and emerging CS curricula at the high school and middle school level. About 140 universities worldwide were awarded grants by Google and held workshops in 2012.
“If we reach the teachers, then we have this wider-reaching effect,” said Helene Martin, a high school computer science and CS4HS teacher for Carnegie Mellon University. “As teachers, we ultimately have a lot of impact on what our students do. If we can teach a class that’s engaging and brings in elements that students are intrigued about, they're likely to study it in college. If we can get this group of people excited about computer science themselves, we figure that they can go on and do a little more research, bring in guest speakers, integrate it into their own curriculum and that's how we get the next generation of computer scientists.”
SBU’s workshop is in the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center on the Bolivar campus. The event is free, and teachers will be provided a stipend to attend. Teachers may receive one hour of graduate credit for completion of the instructionalworkshop. Registration details for the workshop will appear on SBU’s website at www.sbuniv.edu in the near future.
With more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last four years, SBU’s CIS Department has established itself as a national leader among CIS departments at evangelical Christian universities in the United States. For more information about the SBU CIS Department, call Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS Department and professor of computer and information sciences, at (417) 328-1704.
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