NCDPI awards $800,000 in grants

NCDPI awards $800,000 in grants for coding and mobile app development
Posted on 12/14/2021
Burke County Public Schools receives $52,500

Morganton, NC – Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

Since 2017, North Carolina has awarded schools within the state the Coding & Mobile App Development Grant. This grant extends opportunities for students to engage in computer science through coding. It also offers educators professional development opportunities to better prepare them with implementation of the recently adopted K-12 Computer Science Standards. Obtaining this key skill set of coding is a benefit as almost 2/3 of the workforce will be computer science related careers.

Under the Coding & Mobile App Development Grant, 12 districts and schools were awarded a total of $800,000 combined. Burke County Public Schools received $52,500 as part of the grant.

Christie Abernathy, director of Advanced Learning and Innovation for Burke County Public Schools, said, “Burke County Public Schools is excited for this grant. We plan to use it to purchase robots for our elementary schools to use in their media centers and for their robotics clubs. This grant also will help provide substitute teachers for our media coordinators who will be robotic coaches and attend professional development sessions.”

Burke County Public School Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “This grant will help us revive our robotics clubs as we are getting back into competitions and club activities. I am excited to see what our students do with this opportunity. We are grateful for the grant and how it will help our students explore more about the world of computer science.”

Other districts who received the grant were:
* Beaufort County Schools: $66,293.02
* Cabarrus County Schools: $78,000
* Caldwell County Schools: $76,547.50
* Caswell County Schools: $80,000
* Catawba County Schools: $52,500
* Discovery Charter School: $79,645
* McDowell County Schools: $52,500
* New Hanover County Schools:$80,000
* Northeast Academy for Aerospace & Advanced Technologies: $45,764.48
* Rocky Mount Preparatory School: $68,000
* Wilson County Schools: $68,250
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