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Two Garland County school districts have received grants that will expand their computer science programs.

Lake Hamilton and Lakeside school districts were among 15 Arkansas public schools to receive Computer Science Innovation Grants from the Arkansas Department of Education. The total amount awarded across the state was $241,798.43, according to a news release.

Lake Hamilton received $23,368.25 in grant funds while Lakeside received $7,137.92.

The schools have continued to keep up with the ever-changing computer science field and, as a result of their efforts to expand their computer science program or implement innovative best practices, they received the awards, the release said.

The ADE Office of Computer Science announced the grant opportunity in September. To be eligible, schools were required to submit comprehensive proposals that would result in increased student participation in computer science courses, teacher capacity and understanding of computer science principles, and community understanding and local industry support of computer science programs, the release said.

"In addition to excellent educators, a computer science education program must have a strong infrastructure to be successful," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in the release. "I am pleased that ADE is able to offer these grants to these schools. They are setting the bar high for computer science education not only here in Arkansas but across the country."

The recipients can use the funds to cover the expenses associated with purchasing curriculum, software licenses, and nonfundamental equipment, as well as provide professional development or student incentives.

School on 12/30/2018

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