Here’s a quick fyi on two initiatives announced for high school students this past week:
For six years, MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative has done a great job bringing free educational materials to adult learners worldwide. (More on the initiative here.) Now, it has launched a section of its website devoted to high school students and teachers. Here, you’ll find a series of “MIT introductory courses” within 11 major areas of study (e.g. Engineering, Foreign Languages, Math, etc.). Plus, you can access information that supplements AP Biology, Physics and Calculus courses. This is a trove of material that the ambitious student will certainly want to explore.
Next, Google announced its first open source contest for pre-university students. Called the “Google Highly Open Participation Contest” (a bit of a mouthful), it’s intended to “help introduce secondary school and high school students to open source software development and to encourage young people through opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.” For more information you can click here and here.