The application for the 2013 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards is now open! The 2013 Google RISE, designed to support initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS), is open to Kenyan organizations. Google RISE Awards are designed to promote and support education initiatives in two key areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS). Once a year, Google grants awards of $5,000 – $25,000 USD to organizations working with primary and secondary school students in these fields around the world.
The Kenyan Akirachix Training Programwere one of 36 recipients of a Google Rise Award in 2012. Akirachix aims to build a successful force of women in Technology that will change Africa’s future. The organization used the Google RISE funding to conduct a second edition of technical training for women from socio-economically disadvantaged areas of Nairobi, who lacked opportunities for post-secondary education, in order to empower them and give them financial independence.
Niall Byrne, Pre-university Education Outreach Specialist, Google said;
“This year the RISE awards are open to applicants from 243 countries on 6 continents. (All eligible nations are listed here.) 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 Kenyan organizations and institutions involved in promoting STEM and CS subjects to apply for a grant to assist the work they do.”
The closing date for applications is September 30th, 2012. Awardees will be announced by January 2013. Application forms can be downloaded at www.google.com/edu/rise/