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.

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. One-day versions of the SPIRIT program have also been offered three times to inform the same groups about the exciting career possibilities that are available to people with computing skills.

SPIRIT was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was 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.

In 2014, SPIRIT awarded several $3000-$5000 scholarships to students who successfully completed past SPIRIT programs at Purdue and were enrolled in computing or related programs in college.

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. If you have interest in acquiring the SPIRIT Alice Programming Workbook, please cotact the SPIRIT project manager.

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