Stony Point High School computer science teacher Deborah Kariuki received a $5,000 grant from IBM to encourage groups traditionally underrepresented in computer science to learn the field’s skills, according to a Round Rock ISD news release Feb. 17.
The grant will fund the addition of two digital tablets as well as a pair of small computers about the size of a human palm, called Raspberry Pi and Arduino, which will be used in classroom programming activities.
“Computer science is becoming relevant and required for most majors in college,” Kariuki said in the release>. “These tools are important to make sure that more students get a feel and understanding of what programming is before they go to college.”
Kariuki also received a $1,000 grant to attend technology-related professional development programs to benefit the computer science program, according to the release. The grant came from winning the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.