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Cleveland’s HER Ideas in Motion receives a 2014 Google RISE Award

Cleveland, OH (February 12, 2014) - HER Ideas in Motion joined 42 other organizations from around the world last Monday to receive a Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Award. They received $15,000 to support the expansion of their parent daughter hackday program.

“Google has a critical role to play in making Computer Science more accessible and inclusive globally, especially for girls. This education is key, not just for developing tech sector talent, but for creating technology that makes a difference,” said Hai Hong, the K12 Outreach Program Manager at Google.

HER Ideas in Motion Hackday allows girls and their parents the opportunity to spend the day building a technology project together and meeting industry professionals who work in STEM careers.

The HER Ideas in Motion program’s committee evaluated the program assessments and found that there was a significant increase in assessment results in parent daughter technology programs.

“When we saw the results of the parent daughter evaluation, we knew parent involvement is a critical factor in girls learning. HER Ideas workshops provide many girls with their first opportunity to program, so the fact that parents are there encouraging their daughters on and enjoying it was something we knew we had to build upon,” said Nanci Coleman, Program Director of HER Ideas in Motion.

The $15,000 award will support HER Ideas’s efforts to develop a comprehensive technology curriculum and purchase the necessary equipment. The program will be held at LeanDog, Inc.

“HER Ideas in Motion is incredibly honored to be included among this highly selective group of organizations. This is a significant milestone for us that will assist us in increasing the pipeline of girls who will pursue computer science,” said HER Ideas’ Founder, Rachel Wilkins Patel.

About Google RISE
Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards are designed to promote and support Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS) education initiatives. Awards are given to those organizations working with K-12/Primary and Secondary schools to provide enrichment programs in these fields.

About HER Ideas in Motion
HER Ideas in Motion is a Cleveland based 501(c) nonprofit committed to helping girls achieve in technology and media. Through hands-on workshops and tech clubs, girls learn technical and creative skills from industry professionals in STEM fields.

HER Ideas in Motion operates workshops and in-school tech club programs for girls through local schools and companies.