UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay, Information and Computing Sciences (ICS), and his team of highly motivated students, in partnership with Phuture Phoenix, received the IgniteCS award by Google. Through this award, this team is partnering with Google to start a community outreach program mentoring underrepresented youth of Northeast Wisconsin in computing sciences.

The IgniteCS UWGB student mentors will design and develop outreach curriculum in computing sciences specifically for K-12 teachers, to teach their students the art of computing and computational thinking.

“This is a novel and innovative venture, where students will be driving an outreach and innovative program to strengthen the Phuture Phoenix program,” said Chattopadhyay. “It is a unique development platform for students wishing to gain experience in computing educational research, teamwork building, outreach curriculum design and development and wishing to serve as community mentors and role models.”

UW-Green Bay is the first University in Wisconsin to host the Google IgniteCS program, the  “maiden Google IgniteCS center in Wisconsin,” said Chattopadhyay. “It will add more value to the inclusiveness and diversity objectives of the campus.”