The Institute for Education’s (IFE) is a founding sponsor of CS@SC. Over 4 years ago, IFE’s CEO Coach Kathy Kemper identified the need to offer basic CS training to low-income students. Not only has CS become a core skill like reading, writing, and arithmetic, but access to CS education opens up a world of possibility for students of all backgrounds. With a generous commitment of $120,000 IFE has worked to build CS@SC and educate over 1,500 young minds in collaboration with CS Professor Jeff Miller! IFE is a non-profit organization committed to engaging the global community to harness the power of soft diplomacy, innovation, and technology.
The USC Department of Computer Science, under the leadership of the department chair, Prof. Gaurav Saukatme, has an interest in furthering the education of all students, not just undergraduate and graduate students attending USC. USC’s Computer Science department has a student population with over 30% girls, nearly doubling the national average in female graduates from STEM fields. The department has generously provided in-kind and financial support to faciliate the CS@SC Summer Camps and allow more K12 students to attend the camps than otherwise would be possible.