Two professors at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee received a $35,000 grant from Google to support computer science teachers at area high schools.
Grant recipients Giti Javidi and Ehsan Sheybani say the funds will be used to hold a five-day workshop in June and establish a year-long mentoring program.
The goal of the workshop and training is to promote the development of advanced placement (AP) computer science courses in high schools.
Javidi and Sheybani ran a similar program while working at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and they said when they moved to Florida last year they were surprised at the lack of AP computer science programs available for high school students.
“This is long overdue for Florida schools and USFSM is the most-qualified institution in the region to respond to this need,”said Sheybani, an assistant professor in USFSM’s information technology program.
The course is open to 20 teachers from Manatee or Sarasota counties.