Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) School of Business and Economics received a grant for $54,231 from the Google Community Grants Fund. The grant will be used for a project entitled: Coding Camp: Training the Next Generation of Computer Science Professionals, and represents a partnership between FSU and Smith Recreation Center, across the street from the FSU campus. The project is designed to teach coding to 100 disadvantaged elementary and middle-school youth using the CS-First curriculum and resources.

The goals of the grant are to:

  • Bridge the digital divide by acquiring the equipment to provide access to computers as a means to reduce digital inequality
  • Develop a cadre of children capable of exhibiting digital fluency through computational thinking practices
  • Raise community and parental awareness of computer science as a field and computational thinking as a practice that can enhance educational outcomes for underserved students

The principal investigator for the grant is Dr. Bee Yew, an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems in the School of Business and Economics. Dr. Pam Jackson, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, is co-principal investigator.

“This grant demonstrates community collaboration at its best,” said Dr. Jackson. “Fayetteville State University, especially the faculty in the School of Business and Economics, is always looking for ways to partner with our neighboring communities and provide resources for them to increase and enhance their skills and knowledge. This project will not only teach these students an important component of computer science, but it will also put them on the path to gaining a better understanding of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. I applaud Dr. Yew for her work in securing this important grant for FSU and the community.”

FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,300 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.

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