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Schools Awarded Grants to Further Computer Science Education

Washington State Legislature affirms commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in K-12 schools.

OLYMPIA — May 14, 2018 — Nearly $1 million in grants were awarded to improve access to computer science and related educational programs in Washington state, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.

The grants allow districts, schools, and nonprofits to train teachers and provide and upgrade technology. In addition, the grants expand computer science access to groups of students who have historically been underrepresented in computer science programs and careers.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal said the grants will give more students and educators access to computer science technology. “As our economy grows in advanced technology, our investment in that learning must grow with it,” Reykdal said. “It is especially important that we ensure access to student populations who have not typically engaged in computer science education. This is key to our commitment to equity. Congratulations to the grantees.”

The State Legislature provided $1 million for computer science education grant funding in 2018. The state grant funds will be matched equally by private sources, which effectively doubles the total grant amount to $2 million.

Washington state’s Computer Science K–12 Learning Standards must be used in the implementation of the grant projects.

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The 2018-19 grantee list includes:

Awarded Amount
South Kitsap School District78,040.00
Manson School District19,272.00
WSU Tri-Cities50,000.00
Bellingham School District27,000.00
Yelm School District23,200.00
Washington 1st Robotics49,928.00
Generation YES39,380.00
Sequim School District55,762.00
Wahkiakum School District27,709.00
Vancouver School District7,585.00
Peninsula School District30,500.00
Willapa Valley School District24,200.00
Walla Walla Public Schools50,000.00
Shoreline School District55,438.00
Sumner School District12,750.00
Aberdeen School District10,500.00
La Conner School District52,060.00
Auburn School District51,433.00
Columbia Basin College14,805.00
Northport School District19,400.00
Capital Region ESD 113183,745.00
Prosser School District 5,400.00
Apollo Elementary23,901.00
Ephrata School District49,600.00
Warden School District36,160.00
Onion Creek School District2,232.00
TOTAL1,000,000.00

 

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   Updated 5/14/2018

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