Google, school district combine forces

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013

Photo provided Macedonia Middle School eighth-grade student Adrienne Waites took the school board through her app at the Nov. 12 meeting.

The Berkeley County School District has paired with Google to give students an opportunity to get a leg up in the digital age.

Through teaching computer science, the program has several goals, including to:

Increase student confidence when using computers,

Instill courage to try new tools and situations

Grow perseverance when tackling difficult coding problems

Provide a sense of belonging in technology for underrepresented students

Demonstrate the impact that CS has in careers and communities.

Eight Berkeley County schools participated in the October program, including eight classes. Seven of the schools did four weeks of the program with two meetings each week while Hanahan High School met once per week for eight weeks. A total of 199 students participated countywide.

Macedonia Middle School eighth grader Adrienne Waites presented an app she created to the school board at its Nov. 12 meeting held at MMS.

“I want to thank the people from Google,” said BCSD Superintendent Rodney Thompson. “This is an amazing partnership and we look forward to getting as many students as possible involved. It has exceeded all expectations and thanks to all involved, especially our students.”

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