Villanova University has been awarded the 2018 Phillip B. Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships for the Julia de Burgos K-8/ Villanova University Computer Science Collaboration
The collaboration between Villanova and Julia de Burgos that started in the fall of 1998 has come a long way. It started when a Villanova graduate who had started teaching at Julia de Burgos contacted Villanova for the possibility of establishing a well-equipped computer laboratory. One of such collaborations, the Exit Project Collaboration, helped broaden the scope of this collaboration. The teachers from Julia de Burgos would travel to Villanova to present projects they had worked on with the students throughout the year in front of faculty, students, parents and administration of Villanova. The collaboration for the last 10 years involves a spring semester Computer Academy conducted at Villanova by undergraduates to provide programming experiences for the young Julia de Burgos seventh and eighth graders.
Many Villanova graduates have served as mentors in the program and have also discovered the vocation of teaching through the program. Opportunities for students from Julia de Burgos to experience modern technologies and the prospects of them entering college is another significant benefit.