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CAITE receives Google RISE Award; organizes events

Sat June 30, 2012

CAITE receives Google RISE Award for Career Day and Middle School Outreach

The department’s Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), directed by Professor Rick Adrion, and the UMass Amherst College of Engineering, are the recipients of a 2012 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) award. The team is one of 26 organizations receiving this award this year, with over 400 applications. They will expand a recruiting activity for high school girls and will develop outreach activities for middle school students from key high-need districts in western Massachusetts. They will also organize a “Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day.” More on RISE awards.

NSF reverse site visit and "Girls Connect" events organized

In March, CAITE and “Georgia Computes!” showcased their work at a poster session in the atrium of the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Arlington, VA. The two groups, statewide alliances funded by the NSF’s Broadening Participation in Computing program, were part of a reverse site visit during their trip to NSF. During the visit, Dr. Cora Marrett, the NSF Deputy Director and former UMass Amherst Provost, visited the poster session along with the NSF reviewers and other NSF staff. The event was highlighted in NSF’s internal newsletter.

In another event organized by CAITE to broaden participation in computing, a “Girls Connect” event was held in the department in April with dozens of middle school girls learning to build and program LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots.