Google Donates $50,000 to MVLA District

According to the May press release by District Superintendent Barry Groves, the district will be teaming up with Google to provide students with funding in technology during the 2011-2012 school year.

Through the Google Community Fund of Tides Foundation, Google donated $50,000 to support the district’s Science, Tech, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs.

The donation, which will mainly focus on under-represented students, will cover expenses in technology too costly for both schools’ budget. Twenty-thousand dollars will be used to hold summer STEM classes for eighth and ninth graders in preparation for the college track. These include classes that allow for smooth transition into freshman courses, such as biology and geometry.

Mountain View High School (MVHS) and LAHS’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics teams will also be receiving $10,000 dollars each.

“Of course we’re thrilled,” LAHS Robotics adviser Karen Davis said. “Now we can focus on the fun stuff instead of fundraising.”

In addition, Google donated 200 used laptops to the district through Google’s Goodware program, making laptops available to students who currently do not have access.