Middle and high school students in Baton Rouge public schools will soon have new computer science and computational courses, thanks to a $1 million federal grant to LSU and the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.The new courses will be rolled out over the next five years. The initiative will draw not just on computer science, but will bring in other disciplines, including physics and sociology.The project is titled “BRBYTES: Baton Rouge: Bringing Youth Technology, Education and Success.” The National Science Foundation awarded the grant on Sept. 12. The university and the school system announced it Thursday afternoon.The School Board voted unanimously Thursday to formally accept the grant.”It’s just phenomenal, something that we need so desperately,” said School Board member Evelyn Ware-Jackson.Juana Moreno, associate professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy and the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, is the principal investigator of this project. She said the goal is to give all 41,000 students in the state’s second largest school district the chance “to engage in high-quality computing courses.”“Our team has developed a five-year plan for introducing computing in all middle and high schools where every student takes at least one computing course in grades six through… Read full this story
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