Grant Awards $295,000 for Computer Science Implementation

Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow announced Friday that seven innovative education programs across Wyoming have been selected to receive 2018 Wyoming Education Trust Fund grants.

In a news release from the Wyoming Department of Education, Balow said that applications that showed the creation or improvement of computer science programs and professional development activities specific to computer science and computational thinking were given priority in the scoring process this cycle.

Johnson County School District #1 was awarded the Wyoming Education Trust Fund Grant to bring more computer science opportunities to students in sixth through eighth grades in Johnson County through the creation and use of a Makerspace. The target populations for this project are students at Clear Creek Middle School in Buffalo and the students at the Kaycee School, with the target population potentially expanding to students and staff at additional schools in Johnson and Sheridan County.

Through a partnership with Sheridan County School District #3, professional development offered through this program will be extended to neighboring staff to prepare them to also create a K-12 Makerspace and integrate computer science in the future.

Wyoming Education Trust Fund monies are available for one-year grants to any public school district. Districts may apply individually, or in conjunction with other districts. A total of $295,728 was granted this year.