March 19, 2016
Today ACM/CSTA celebrated the winners of the 2015-16 Cutler-Bell $10,000 for Excellence in High School Computing at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Gordon Bell and Dr. David Cutler, the sponsors of this prize, spoke about their interest in supporting the youth of today as they being their academic studies at university in the fall. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Jeannette Wing, VP Microsoft Research who spoke of changes and advancement in computer science education. While Dr. Wing and Dr. Bell were very motivating and inspiring, the true stars of the day were the four winners. Each delivered a very professional, eloquent, and very informational speech about their project. "The caliber and depth of the projects greatly exceeded our expectations" said Dr. Cutler. And even Dr. Bell acknowledge that it would have been difficult even for him to deliver such a powerful speech at only 18!
Dr. Mark R. Nelson, Executive Director of CSTA presented the awards to the winner and reminded us all how the power and importance of high-quality computer science education was evident in the winners we celebrated today. We are very proud to be able to administer this program to such deserving students.
The winners are Valerie Chen, Matthew Edwards, Karthik Rao, and Cherry Zou and you can learn more about them and their projects here.
The Cutler-Bell Prize is not only an effort to encourage young people to learn and use technology to push the advancements of computer science, but also incentive to challenge schools and parents to increase access to computer science education. We can't wait to see what next year brings!
A special thank you to Dr. Cutler and Dr. Bell for creating such a generous and challenging program and for attending the inaugural awards ceremony!