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.

SPIRIT will offer two, one-day programs for high school teachers, guidance counselors and high school students. Program information for each group is available from the appropriate menus. The Program Information pages will have links to the online application form. The last day to complete the application is August 15, 2014, 4 pm.

SPIRIT is offering $3000-$5000 scholarships for students who successfully completed past SPIRIT programs at Purdue. To qualify, they must be currently attending an accredited computing or computer-related program to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree. The 2014 Scholarship Application deadline is August 20, 2014.

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.

The SPIRIT team developed an Alice workbook for participants of the SPIRIT program. This workbook shows you how to employ various features within Alice to convey visual information in an engaging manner to your audience. The SPIRIT Alice Programming Workbook is now available for purchase online.

Spirit is fun for students, teachers and counselors
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