ACM Awarded Google Grant to hold Summer Workshop


By Kevin Schaefer, Associate Editor. Published April 1, 2011

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter at McKendree will be holding a technology workshop for high school teachers this summer as part of the outreach component of the Chapter.

The curriculum that will be offered is targeted for teachers in grades 9-12. The idea behind this workshopf is to enhance the Computer Science curriculums in high schools in Southern Illinois. “We’re hoping for 30-35 schools [be represented],” said Nathan White, faculty advisor for the McKendree ACM Chapter and assistant professor of computer science. There have already been reservations to attend the event, and more schools will be invited from the metro-east region and Southern Illinois.

In order to help pay for this event, ACM applied for a grant from Google, and was awarded $14,500. This money will be used to hold the conference which will last for two days, June 7-8, of this summer.

Student members of the chapter as well as McKendree faculty will be present during the conference to put on the event.

The ACM Student Chapter at McKendree has held several events throughout the year including: how to build a computer, a Halo Reach game night and a fundraiser to purchase a laptop for a child in a third-world country.