Google RISE Awards opens to Irish applicants
January deadline for entry in global competition
TechLife | 16 Aug 2012 :
Applications have opened for the 2013 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards. The Awards are designed to promote and support education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and computer science (CS).
Once a year, Google grants awards of $5,000 - $25,000 to organisations working with primary and secondary school students in these fields globally.
The Centre for Academic Achievement at DCU was one of 36 recipients of a Google Rise Award in 2012. The Centre runs after school classes in a university setting for bright primary school students from socio-economic disadvantaged areas. Each term, pupils from 32 local primary schools get the opportunity to study science, maths and engineering subjects delivered by specialised staff for free.
Niall Byrne, pre-university education outreach specialist, Google said: "This year the RISE awards are open to applicants from 243 countries on six continents. The growth of technology is undoubtable, and the impact technology will have on our future is equally undeniable. Inspiring the next generation of computer scientists will enrich the lives of not only individual students, but also the communities they live in."
The closing date for applications before 30 September. Awardees will be announced by January 2013.
Application forms can be downloaded at www.google.com/edu/rise/application.html.