Google RISE Awards seek applicants to win grants

16 Aug 2012

Organisations working with primary and secondary school students in computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects may now apply to win US$5,000-US$25,000 from the 2013 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards.

The Google RISE Awards are designed to promote and support education initiatives in computer science and STEM subjects, and once a year bestow grants on organisations around the world that engage students in these subjects.

In Dublin, the Centre for Academic Achievement at Dublin City University was one of 36 recipients of a Google RISE Award in 2012. The centre runs after-school classes in a university setting for bright primary school students from socio-economic disadvantaged areas. Each term, pupils from 32 local primary schools receive the opportunity to study, at no cost, science, maths and engineering subjects delivered by specialised staff.

“This year the RISE awards are open to applicants from 243 countries on six continents,” said Niall Byrne, pre-university education outreach specialist, Google.  

“The growth of technology is undoubtable, and the impact technology will have on our future is equally undeniable. Inspiring the next generation of computer scientists will enrich the lives of not only individual students, but also the communities they live in. So I encourage all Irish organisations and institutions involved in promoting STEM and computer science subjects to apply for a grant to assist the work they do.”

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2012. Winners will be announced by January 2013.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic