Frequently Asked Questions

What is CS4HS?

CS4HS was started as a joint effort between Carnegie Mellon University, UCLA, and University of Washington to help introduce high school and middle school CS teachers to new and exciting technologies. Now, CS4HS has expanded to include K-12 teachers in all subjects, pre-service teachers, principals, and counselors. These programs bring individuals together for a workshop with the goals of invigorating them about computer science and computational thinking, and to provide them with tools and networking opportunities to help them in the classroom. Google provides funding to universities and non-profit organizations to develop and execute the workshops.

How much does Google fund universities to run CS4HS workshops?

Funding levels are determined by the number of participants, region and other associated costs. Please refer to the application page for funding caps.

How can I use these funds? What type of grant is this?

The funding is delivered to the university as an unrestricted gift, and schools may use it in many ways to deliver a customized program. Some schools pay a graduate student to help plan or deliver curriculum modules, while others may use the funding to provide stipends to traveling teachers. We encourage schools to use the funding to maximize the number of participants they can invite without sacrificing quality. Please see Application section for more details on what we are looking for in a program.

I applied for CS4HS workshop funding in a previous year, can I apply again?

Absolutely. We highly encourage former applicants and CS4HS organizers to apply again. The more specific your application is and the better it fits the guidelines found in your region’s application page, the better your chances are to receive funding, so be sure to look those over prior to filling out your application. Previous CS4HS awardees may choose to apply if adding a new dimension to former projects or scaling their efforts further.

Who can apply for a CS4HS grant?

Any university, community college, or technical school in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, India, or Latin America is welcome to apply. Non-profit organizations dedicated to teacher professional development may be considered in special cases.

Why does the CS4HS program not run everywhere?

Unfortunately the CS4HS program is not currently available in all regions. Hopefully we can extend this program into other regions in the future. Check our website at www.cs4hs.com for all updated information on locations, as we often expand to new regions. In the meantime, if you are interested in teaching Computer Science in your classroom, join the CS4HS Google+ community to connect with teachers who have already succeeded!

Can students apply for CS4HS funding?

Only universities or in some cases non-profit organizations can apply for CS4HS funding. If you want to get a program running, you should work with one of these two groups.

I am a teacher interested in participating in a summer workshop. How can I get involved?

Encourage your local university, community college, or technical school to apply for a grant. In the late spring, we will also post workshop websites of participating schools so you will be able to see CS4HS programs occurring in your area. For information on classroom tools and curriculum, please see our Resources page.

Where can I find more information on how CS4HS workshops are organized? Do you have a sample agenda I can see?

You can find a list of workshop websites from past grant recipients on our Program Archives page.

Do you fund university overheads?

Google's intent in giving a CS4HS award is to further the professional development of computer science teachers. Use of CS4HS funds for supporting university/organizational overhead or indirect costs is strongly frowned upon and may affect Google's decision to give any other awards to your university.

How are applications reviewed?

A panel of reviewers evaluate each application submitted, and group consensus determines funding recipients. Funding decisions for this program are objective and based on several criteria.

I have additional questions, who can I ask?

Please email cs4hs@google.com with any questions you still have. Please specify your region/country in your email so that we can respond accurately.