RCU nets $35k Google grant for CS4MS training
Mississippi State University's Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) was recently on the receiving end of a $35,000 grant from Google, which will fund training for an additional 70 computer science teachers this summer.
As part of the Mississippi Department of Education's Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) initiative establishing a pipeline of computer science curriculum and instructors to all schools by 2024, the RCU was previously set to provide professional development to two cohorts — about 60 teachers — this summer through a partnership with Code.Org.
The recently-awarded Google Grant for Educators will allow the RCU to train additional cohorts of middle school teachers ahead of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Google's yearly grant program provides localized professional development to computer science educators. Since 2008, more than 40,000 teachers across the world have participated in the program and, in turn, have impacted more than 1 million students.
Shelly Hollis, the RCU project manager leading the organization's CS4MS efforts, expressed excite-
| Page 6