Thursday, September 4, 2014

Google RISE Award Opportunity for CS Programs

Have you heard of the Google RISE Award?  It's worth taking a look to see if your program is eligible for funding to expand participation in computing!   Or, create a new one program and help increase opportunities for girls and underrepresented students in computer science.  See for more information.  Proposals are due September 30th. 
RISE Award recipients receive:
·         Funding: Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000 USD.
·         Access to a global network of CS partners: This includes an invitation to the annual RISE Global Summit and participation in the Google+ online community.
·         Consultancy with Google experts and volunteers: Learn about technical tools & organizational development over the course of 12 months.
In turn, RISE Award recipients are expected to:
·         Report on progress: Demonstrate scale of CS program over one year and keep Google updated on progress by submitting midyear and end of year reports.
·         Share resources across the community: Communicate ideas and expertise on CS outreach programs within the global RISE community.

Organizations are eligible to apply if they have a(n):
·         Emphasis on CS programs: We fund CS organizations that currently run extracurricular computer science programs or STEM organizations looking to start a computer science outreach program.
·         Focus on girls, minorities, low-income students: Programs must target girls and/or underrepresented minority students up to the age of 18. Awards are not open to programs targeting students already enrolled in university or above.
·         Regional reach with potential to scale: Programs should have regional reach (city, county or state) with the potential to scale nationally and collaborate internationally with similarly focused organizations.
·         New program: Previous RISE awardees may apply if adding a new dimension to former programs or launching a new CS program.

Julie Flapan
Executive Director, ACCESS and ECEP-CA
Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS)
Expanding Computing Education Pathways - California (ECEP-CA)

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