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Ben Hill is Selected to Participate in New Computer Science Programs

Georgia wins grant to enhance computer science programs

​GaDOE one of 27 grant winners nationwide

MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, 404-463-4246,

– The National Science Foundation has awarded the Georgia Department of Education a $300,000 grant to align and support the efforts of several Georgia school districts that are introducing K-12 computer science education.

GaDOE will work collaboratively with Wiregrass Technical College, Atlanta Public Schools, Douglas County Schools, Ben Hill County Schools, Brooks County Schools, and Thomas County Schools to pilot “Aligning for Impact: Computer Science Pathways Across Contexts.” Together, the partners will create plans for sustainable efforts that ensure diverse participation in computer science across urban, suburban or rural areas.

"This grant will contribute to Georgia's ongoing work to expand computer science opportunities across the state for all students," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "Computer science courses offer students at all grade levels the foundational skills they need for learning across many subjects and lay the foundation for emerging careers in the 21st century." 

Ultimately, the project goal is the development of a coherent framework for aligning K-12 computer science education pathways. With GaDOE’s coordination, these school districts will collaboratively seek improvements in their own student participation rates.

“Learning computer science should be about making, tinkering, and creating across all grade levels,” Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley said. “We are thrilled to have some of our districts partner with us to learn together as we broaden access to K-12 computer science education. Almost every job in the future will involve computing, so we see computer science education as providing foundational knowledge and skills for all students.”



Terri Smith, BHCS Instructional Technology Coordinator
"Often in rural high-need areas, students are not aware of career opportunites in computer science, especially those areas below the state's poverty level.  Without the help of federal funds and grants, economic conditions make it difficult for small districts like Ben Hill, to fill this gap.  This Computer Science initiative, as well as, GOSA's Classroom for Connections grant, will give Ben Hill Co. Schools, the ability to move towards 1:1 devices for all students, and offer computer science skills to all students."  


President Oboma 2016 State of the Union Address:
"In the coming years, we should build on our progress,.... by offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one."
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