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March 30, 2016

STEM grant provides computer science activities for students

Washington STEM and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have awarded Kennewick School District a grant for $10,500 to fund computer science activities for middle and high school students this year. The REACH matched the grant with in-kind contributions that include staff time and facilities.

“The grant will help us engage students in computer science activities where they can solve real world problems,” stated Debbie McClary, director of career and technical education. “Students will meet professionals from the community and participate in activities such as developing apps, writing code and building robots.”

The grant will support two upcoming projects:

  • The first project will engage high school students enrolled in computer science and engineering courses at Kamiakin, Kennewick and Southridge. Students will participate in a robotics competition and a business and industry career fair on May 19 at The Reach.
  • The second project will be a five-day computer science camp during the summer for middle school girls who are identified as economically disadvantaged.