In 2020, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Missouri State University a $4 million grant to expand and improve computer science education programs in rural area schools.
The funding comes from the Education Innovation and Research program. Missouri State received one of only 20 awards from over 1,000 applicants nationwide.
This is how the CODERS Project was born. Since its inception, the project has worked with 40 educators across the Ozarks and impacted more than 2,000 students over the past three years.
Missouri State University professors Judith Martinez, an assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures, and Andrew Homburg, an associate professor of Music explain how the money is benefiting Ozarks education.