March 30, 2015, Chris Horn
CS First, created by a Google team in South Carolina, is a curriculum geared for children in grades 4 through 8 that’s organized around themes such as art or game design and includes easy-to-use programming software called Scratch. JameSue Goodman, the project lead, is a 1997 Carolina grad who took her first computer science course in her last semester of college. She finished with a degree in English but a passion for computer programming, a skill she taught herself after graduation. When the company she was working for was acquired by Google in 2011, Goodman transferred to Google’s data center in Berkeley County, S.C., to become the CS First project lead.