Google computer program for H.S. teachers

Submitted by Nina M. Riccio on May 21, 2013

With help from a grant from Google, Fairfield University’s School of Engineering will present a workshop from June 26-28 for area high school teachers looking for innovative, out of the box ways to use Google Apps, computer science, and gaming tools in the classroom. This is the second year that the workshop, spearheaded by Dr. Amalia Rusu, associate professor of Software Engineering, has been offered through Fairfield University.

Twenty computer science teachers from public, private and parochial high schools in Fairfield and New Haven Counties will participate in this ‘Google Computer Science for High School’ (GCS4HS) program at Fairfield. Stipends of $300 are paid to participants upon completion of the full program, the overall goal of which is to provide ways for educators to teach high school students how to solve problems creatively by introducing gaming concepts and collaborative Google tools. The teachers will use the School of Engineering’s labs.

Dr. Rusu was grateful for the $12,000 funding from Google, noting that the focus of this year’s training will be two-fold. “First, to continue the implementation of computer science and engineering concepts through STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education, and second, to create connections and extensions for high school teachers who have already been introduced to STEM curricula and teaching models.”

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