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NSF Awards Grant to MMSA to Support Computer Science Instruction in Maine High Schools


"The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year $469,369 grant to improve access to computer science instruction by Maine high school students. This project is led by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) in partnership with RSU 26 (Orono) and the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). Maine business partners include: Axiom Technologies, The Jackson Laboratory, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Kepware Technologies, and LL Bean.

In Maine, and nationally, teaching and learning computer science at the high school level is sparse and fragmented. The relative neglect of computer science education at the high school level is well documented. However, there is a huge and increasing need for STEM workers who are well-versed in computer science. Computer science occupations in Maine are expected to experience extreme growth between now and 2018. For example, Maine needs 1,777 new CS workers with 2-year college degrees by 2018, yet estimates that only 210 of these workers will be produced."