WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Purdue K-12 outreach program is encouraging students to explore computer science. State Farm Insurance is also helping out by awarding the program with a $50,000 grant.
Members of State Farm were at Lawson Hall Friday afternoon to present the grant to Purdue’s Department of Computer Science.
The department will use the money to fund three different projects within the outreach program. K-12 Outreach Coordinator Phil Sands said they want the projects to bring in more diverse groups.
“Unlike in other areas – math, science [and] social studies – I think computer science sometimes gets a short shrift. It’s the area that some schools don’t offer at all. Here we have an opportunity to expose these kids to new ideas that they’re maybe not getting in their regular curriculum,” said Sands.
Purdue was one of four universities nation-wide to receive the grant from State Farm.