CBC Gifted $20,000 to Support Computer Science Education for Local Teachers
Posted Date: October 8, 2019PASCO, Wash. - Columbia Basin College has received $20,000 in grant funding to help
prepare local K-12 educators to teach computer science.
By: Carissa Lehmkuhl
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provided $10,000 and Batelle,
which operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, provided a matching $10,000.
The funding will help increase opportunities offered by CBC's Computer Science Teacher
Association (CSTA) Chapter, launched in 2018. The program provides local teachers
with upgraded technology, innovative workshops and extended training.
Since the chapter's beginning, about 20 to 30 teachers have taken advantage of the
"Every teacher that we touch touches at least 150 kids," said Josh Bee, associate
professor of computer science at CBC. "So you can take that 20 and multiply it, and
that's quite a big influence."
With the additional $20,000, the project team, led by Bee, will develop and conduct
additional opportunities for K-12 teachers including an Ideation Workshop, a Train-the-Trainer
Program, a Cybersecurity Challenge and a Computer Science Professional Job Shadow