Nearly $1 million in grants were awarded to improve access to computer science and related educational programs in Washington state, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced this week.

The grants allow districts, schools, and nonprofits to train teachers and provide and upgrade technology. In addition, the grants expand computer science access to groups of students who have historically been underrepresented in computer science programs and careers.

District Superintendent Cherie Patterson said, “Cosmopolis is excited that the student tech leadership components and trainings will be available for our school to benefit from.”

The Cosmopolis School is working with the Olympia-based nonprofit, Generation YES, to implement a Student Technology Leadership program. A team of GenYES Student Technology Leaders will be prepared to provide technology support and professional development for their teachers. GenYES Curriculum

Patterson added “This grant puts students on a computer science pathway while providing support for teachers integrating technology to improve student learning. The grant also provides robotics kits and equipment.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal said the grants will give more students and educators access to computer science technology. “As our economy grows in advanced technology, our investment in that learning must grow with it,” Reykdal said. “It is especially important that we ensure access to student populations who have not typically engaged in computer science education. This is key to our commitment to equity. Congratulations to the grantees.”

The State Legislature provided $1 million for computer science education grant funding in 2018. The state grant funds will be matched equally by private sources, which effectively doubles the total grant amount to $2 million.

Washington state’s Computer Science K–12 Learning Standards must be used in the implementation of the grant projects.

The 2018-19 grantee list includes:

Awarded Amount
South Kitsap School District 78,040.00
Manson School District 19,272.00
WSU Tri-Cities 50,000.00
Bellingham School District 27,000.00
Yelm School District 23,200.00
Washington 1st Robotics 49,928.00
Generation YES 39,380.00
Sequim School District 55,762.00
Wahkiakum School District 27,709.00
Vancouver School District 7,585.00
Peninsula School District 30,500.00
Willapa Valley School District 24,200.00
Walla Walla Public Schools 50,000.00
Shoreline School District 55,438.00
Sumner School District 12,750.00
Aberdeen School District 10,500.00
La Conner School District 52,060.00
Auburn School District 51,433.00
Columbia Basin College 14,805.00
Northport School District 19,400.00
Capital Region ESD 113 183,745.00
Prosser School District  5,400.00
Apollo Elementary 23,901.00
Ephrata School District 49,600.00
Warden School District 36,160.00
Onion Creek School District 2,232.00
TOTAL 1,000,000.00