Tuesday, August 19, 2014
One year ago, a team of Googlers started working with a handful of schools in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
Today, Google’s “CS First” has continued rolling out to new schools across the nation as a full-blown computer science toolkit that is inspiring students across America.
From Charleston to San Francisco, over 1,400 students have taken part in more than 100 unique programs. What’s more, there isn’t a cost for students to take part in CS First.
Google’s teaching fellows who work at South Carolina’s Berkeley County Data Center design the clubs and volunteers organize and implement the clubs in their local communities.
As students head back to school around the country this fall, thousands more will experience success like two South Carolina students featured in Google’s new CS
The response from school administrators has been enthusiastic. “We have to give students access to amazing opportunities,” said Kevin Smith, principal at Charleston’s C.E. Williams Middle School. “CS First for our school has been an opportunity for students to engage curriculum and computer science in a way they have never even seen it… it’s opened up student’s horizons.”
New CS First clubs are starting across South Carolina this fall as well. Where, and how many, is determined largely by the number volunteers who want to help. If you are interested in bringing a computer science club to your school or want to volunteer, visit cs-first.com.
CS First began in the summer of 2013 at Google’s Data Center in Berkeley County. The company hired a team of Teaching Fellows and program managers to develop the curriculum and put it into action. After seeing the success in South Carolina, Googlers at other facilities across the country started using the materials to launch clubs where they live.