Cliff from the getting-the-necessary-resources dept.
Camp CAEN asks: "I work for a computer camp at the local university and I was wondering: how one goes about getting grants? We currently are funded by attendees but I thought it would be ideal to offer scholarships or assistance to those in need. Students who come to camp are middle school and high school students, we teach programming (C++, Java, DirectX), web technologies (HTML, PHP, MySQL), and other technology related topics (system administration, digital video production). The camp lasts two weeks and it can be quite pricey. I know there are plenty of people who would like to attend but can't afford it.
Does anyone know of state (in Michigan) or Federal programs that give out money for technology instruction? Or any companies willing to donate equipment/software/books to our camp? Finally, are there any people in education or social work who have done grant writing before and have any good resources (either online or paper)?
Anyone else have good ideas or suggestions? Thanks!"
Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable.
Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable.