Frequently Asked Questions

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expandWhat is the history of CS4HS?

Carnegie Mellon University launched their first CS4HS workshops in 2006 with support from Google and CSTA. CMU further developed CS4HS workshops in 2007 in partnership with the University of Washington and UCLA with support from Google. In 2008, the University of Texas at Austin was added to the team. Google launched CS4HS as an official program in 2009 to provide CS teachers globally with an opportunity to improve their technical and pedagogical skills. Today we continue this work in over 20 countries.

expandWhat is CS4HS?

CS4HS funding enables computer science education experts to provide exemplary CS professional development for teachers. The funding focuses on three major growth areas for teacher PD in CS: 1. Facilitating the development and delivery of content that increases teachers' knowledge of computer science and computational thinking; 2. Allowing providers to customize learning content to meet local needs and the sharing of best practices for engaging all students; and 3. Addressing the building of communities of practice that continue to support teacher learning throughout the school year.

expandWhy does the CS4HS program not run everywhere?

Google regularly reviews the global CS education landscape to identify new opportunities to invest in CS Teacher Professional Development. Visit our website at www.cs4hs.com for all updated information on locations. If CS4HS is not available in your local area you can still connect with other CS education professionals through the CS4HS Google+ community to learn about best practices in CS teacher professional development.

expandI’m interested in seeing the breadth of CS4HS programs that were funded. Do you have information about current and past CS4HS programs?

We’ve provided a map with links to current CS4HS programs as well as historical CS4HS programs. Please see the past and current CS PD opportunities on the home page.

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“With generous support from Google through the CS4HS program, we have been able to upskill in excess of 300 primary school teachers and pre-service teachers and 50 secondary teachers from across the south-east Queensland region. The change in the confidence and preparedness to rollout the new Digital Technologies curriculum has been dramatic.”

– Graeme Breen, Coding and Innovation Hub (CS4HS Australia workshop awardee)

“After the [CS4HS workshop] I'm becoming a 'Computer Science teacher' and I will grow every year. So, more of this CS4HS please.”

– Teacher, University of Canterbury (CS4HS Australia workshop attendee)

“Google's involvement in CS4HS in NZ has been a massive benefit to the country, and every teacher I have spoken too has been extremely grateful for the professional development made possible by Google's funding, due to the lack of other resources in the country.”

– Stuart Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington (CS4HS New Zealand workshop awardee)

“The [CS4HS workshop] provides a platform for the teachers to share and learn from each other. Ultimately, motivate interest in Computer Science in K-12 Environment, to make the students comprehend the principles of computers and sophisticated thinking of solve problems, fostering students computational thinking, to develop their problem-solving methods and self-access to knowledge.”

– Shaojun Qu, Hunan Normal University (CS4HS China workshop awardee)

“The [CS4HS workshop] won huge popularity with the participants as it could better meet the needs of their day-to-day teaching practice in terms of content and form. The goal is to achieve the idea of "Computer Science For All", which requires the teachers to spread the knowledge and skills they acquired in the program to their students as a whole.”

– Lili Wang, World Foreign Language Middle School (CS4HS China workshop awardee)

“This [CS4HS workshop] has greatly promoted the popularization of computer education, has pushed the development of the Educational Technology Education forward, and has helped to foster a great amount of IT talents in China.”

– Yue Li, South China University of Technology (CS4HS China workshop awardee)

“Our initial CS4HS grants were instrumental in gathering critical mass to form an operational CSTA chapter in Wisconsin. Furthermore, it laid the groundwork for a network of CS teachers around the state to begin sharing resources, advocating for state-level change in the capitol, and advising us at the university level.”

– Dennis Brylow, Marquette University (CS4HS US workshop awardee)

“Over the last four years, we have seen tremendous progress in computer science education and advocacy in New Jersey. I don't think we would have come nearly as far if it weren't for Google's support of CS4HS and the relationships and discussions initiated at the workshops. Thank you.”

– Daryl Detrick, Warren Hills Regional High School (CS4HS US workshop attendee)

“The response to CS professional development opportunities from Texas teachers has been outstanding. If you provide teachers with useful, high quality training and support teachers financially to attend, they will gladly step up to the plate to learn these new skills. Thanks to Google for helping The University of Texas at Austin to create this support network and build capacity to provide CS education to every Texas student.”

– Carol L. Fletcher, University of Texas at Austin (CS4HS US workshop awardee)