When Google partners with a state agency providing free computer service, students from many communities get a jump on developing their interest in new technologies.
At Michigan State University’s Breslin Center, over 400 students and teachers from all across Michigan gathered around iPads and other computer devices to learn more about designing games and growing their skills in computer science.
A new partnership between Google and the Michigan Film and Digital Media office is providing access to video games, virtual reality glasses, and Segways. Mike Miller, the head of Google’s Ann Arbor office says that the idea is simple – develop children’s interest in technology at an early age. If 4th through 8th grade students can access the internet and a computer, they can access Google’s CS First computer science curriculum.
“Only about 10% of schools in Michigan offer computer science education,” Miller said. “We see schools as a conduit to introducing computer science and programming to students at an earlier age to feed that passion and show them the opportunities for them in the future.”