Open source hardware and creative young minds
825 days ago
This reminds me of me when I was the same age, going through thrown out magazines looking for diagrams to make crystal radios. Nowadays, kids can go beyond that by printing their designs in 3D thanks to open source hardware.
On the Google research blog, Terry Ednacot, Education Program Manager noted
"Recent statistics have shown a decline in the number of U.S. students taking computer science AP classes, which also leads to a decline in students declaring computer science as their majors—a concerning trend in the U.S. as we try to remain competitive in the global economy. With programs like Computer Science for High School (CS4HS), we hope to increase the number of CS majors —and therefore the number of people entering into careers in CS—by promoting computer science curriculum at the high school level."
For the fourth consecutive year, Google is funding CS4HS to invest in the next generation of computer scientists and engineers. CS4HS is a workshop for high school and middle school computer science teachers that introduces new and emerging concepts in computing and provides tips, tools and guidance on how to teach them. We had a modest project under this programme when I was at UWC, and there are opportunities for Wits Compute Science and/or Electrical Engineering to participate.
Applications will only be accepted between January 18, 2011 and February 18, 2011 - so if we are interested, we have to react quickly.