The Computer Science for Social Innovation (CS4SI) project

hapaSpace, The Hapaweb Foundation and Centre for Social Innovations (CSI) have received a $15,000 funding from Google to encourage senior high school students  to take intrest in Computer Science.

The Computer Science for Social Innovation (CS4SI) project is part of Google’s Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) Program which is supporting educational institutions and non-profits worldwide to improve high school students and teachers interest in computer science. The program goals also include the creation of communities of practice to boost networking and synergy creation.

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The goal of training 400 high school students in basic programming and supporting them to leverage this knowledge to create programs and apps that contribute to solving social and environmental challenges. The project also involves 16 computer science students and young professionals working as volunteers to visit the 16 participating schools every week to help the students follow the training over a 2 months period.

In each of the 16 participating high schools, the students will form five teams of five to compete among themselves. The best teams from each of the 16 schools will be selected to compete in an inter-schools challenge to select 3 best teams for prizes.

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It is our hope that by the end of the one year period, the project participants would not only develop interest in pursuing careers in computer science but would also be inspired to leverage its potentials to create solutions to issues that affect them and the wider society.