Google funds computer science education in the United States

Google pledges an additional $20 million to expand computer science education to “underrepresented” communities. These funds are expected to improve access to education for more than 11 million American students.

On the Google blog Sundar Pichai

At Google, we believe that educational opportunities should be available regardless of socioeconomic status, origin, race, or geography. Today, we’re building on our longstanding support of nonprofits with an additional $20 million commitment to expand access to computer science education to more than 11 million students in across the United States.

We will focus our efforts on supporting national and local organizations that reach underserved students in major urban centers and rural communities, and that help governments and educators implement computer education plans at national scale.

Some recipients of the new funds are long-time Google partners. The Hidden Genius Project, which won Google’s Impact Challenge in 2015, is an international nonprofit that provides young black men with training and mentorship in technology, entrepreneurship and leadership. . 4-H has worked with Google since 2017 and has already introduced 1.4 million students to computer science education pathways, 65% of them in rural communities.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and 4-H CEO Jennifer Sirangelo at a 4-H event.

Other grantees include UT Austin’s Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, CUNY’s Integrated Computing Teacher Education Project, and the nonprofit CodePath. City funding will focus on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

Pichai commented

“Living in the Bay Area…it’s clear to me how many schools here have already made the transition and incorporated exposure to computer science education as part of their curriculum. It’s important that it’s happening all over the country, in rural areas, in historically underrepresented places.

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