Welcome to SPIRIT!
The SPIRIT project celebrates the immense impact that information technology has on our
world and seeks to rekindle enthusiasm for the field as a career choice among high school
students, especially young women.
In July 2012, SPIRIT offered a two-week professional development program for
high school teachers and guidance counselors and a one-week, non-residential summer
camp for high school students. The links to the projects created by SPIRIT participants
are available from the appropriate menu for each group: teachers, counselors, parents (for student work)...use the samples link.
Launched in summer 2008, SPIRIT programs involved professional development opportunities
for high school teachers and counselors and a summer camp program for high school students
who have been endorsed by their high school teachers.
SPIRIT is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is
administered and taught by Purdue's College of Technology faculty in collaboration with
faculty from the College of Science and experienced consultants.
SPIRIT also sponsored the 2010 SPIRIT Essay Contest to encourage 6-12th grade students
to share how they learned about SPIRIT and describe how they have used Alice for school, work,
and/or fun. The winner and two honorable mentions from this contest are being recognized on the
essay contest winners page.