Google Seeks STEM Programs for 2013 RISE Awards

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Google’s fifth-annual RISE Awards are officially open for applications now through Sept. 30. The awards, which offer grants between $15,000 to $50,000 to non-profit programs focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science, hopes to support organizations that represent minorities, especially young girls in the effort to “become creators—and not just consumers—of tomorrow’s technological innovations.” 

Applications are accepted in five languages, with winners being notified in December. Among last year’s 30 organizations receiving RISE grants were projects ranging from robotics contests in Germany to programming challenge days for girls in New Zealand.[more]

In North America, past grant recipients have included teacher development programs, summer science academies and workshops that teach high school students skills in computer programming—something that is top of mind for Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. “For most people on Earth, the digital revolution hasn’t even started yet. Within the next 10 years, all that will change. Let’s get the whole world coding!” 

A similar program, Intel’s Young Scientist Awards, also encourages youth the world over to invent new technologies and programs, awarding winners with hefty scholarships. “We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we believe that science and math are the foundation of innovation, which is imperative for global economic growth and advancing society,” said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. This year’s winner came from Romania and invented a low-cost self-driving car. 

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