$10,000, the “Hour of Code,” and Working Toward the Future (Contains Video!)

Colchester High School’s “Hour of Code” proposal was selected as the Vermont winner … and earned CHS $10,000 to purchase technology for use in its classrooms.

CHS science team leader Will Warren and math educator Tara Sharkey spearheaded the initiative in which the entire school participated in learning code for one hour as part of an international program called the “Hour of Code.” A kickoff event and award ceremony held on December 9 included Vermont Agency of Education’s Secretary Armando Vilaseca and was attended by Superintendent Larry Waters, members of the Colchester School Board, and many others. A check for $10,000 was presented at the ceremony, which will facilitate the purchase of nineteen new laptops for CHS.

To view a video of the kickoff ceremony and some of the coding that CHS students did during the event, please click here.

The event coincided with Computer Science Education Week, running December 9–15. “Using technology is a necessity for all of us, especially our students,” said Secretary of Education Vilaseca. “This weeklong event provides our students and our schools an opportunity to showcase their talents and their work.” (To read the VT AOE’s press release about it, please click here.)

Why is computer science important?

Computer science is evident everywhere—not only in formal disciplines like engineering, medicine, biology, and business management but also in everyday life … mobile phones, financial transactions, televisions, vehicles … it is ubiquitous. As such, there is an immensely strong practical relevance for studying it. And yet computer science is only taught in approximately 10 percent of US schools, and most students never try it. Computer science skills—required for the creation and development of advanced technologies and applications and to optimally use the ones we already have—are paramount.

The Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017 includes a pathway entitled “Technology Infrastructure and Integration,” and we are taking it seriously and working very hard to increasingly work toward this pathway.

To view WCAX’s coverage of the December 9 event and how it relates to statewide educational initiatives, please click here.

To view Fox 44’s coverage, please click here.

To view LCATV’s coverage, please click here.

To read the Vermont Tech Jam article about it, please click here.

Congratulations, Colchester High School!

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