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Upstate Giving, Oct. 2, 2017

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Google gives state 4-H computer science supplies

South Carolina 4-H has received 30 Chromebooks, 20 Google Expedition sets and activity kits from Google.org to aid in STEM-based study.

The Chromebooks will allow South Carolina 4-H to participate in Google CS First, theme-based clubs that teach coding through a variety of student interests, according to a news release. Google Expedition takes youth all over the world with guided tours shown through virtual reality viewers equipped with smartphones.

“This gift allows us to implement cutting-edge, relevant computer science, coding and virtual-reality technologies into existing 4-H programming across the state, including our South Carolina Military Kids program,” said Ashley Burns, assistant director of South Carolina 4-H, in the release. “Computer science education is an exciting next step for our growing STEM-based programming.”

The donation, which came with $12,000 and training on the equipment and curriculum, comes from a national collaboration between Google.org and the National 4-H Council. Google invested $1.5 million in project, which is expected to reach 100,000 young people across 22 states, the release said.

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