Good morning everyone  
on behalf of Vita-Learn Project IGNITE  - Welcome to Day 2 of Hour of Code Week
What fun to watch all the evidence of our students learning to code this week.  I've created a storify
Keep on sharing! 
There are instructions on how to share here 
and the secret email address is

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Peter Drescher from the Agency of Education and Leah Joly and her students for an inspiring conversation streamed live this morning with engineers from NRG systems on Coding Smart Objects. 

The software and firmware engineers from NRG were totally impressed with the projects that the Williston School students created and coded using Microbits  and Circuit Playground.   If you have been wondering about the Microbit,  I would encourage you to watch the archive of Tuesdays Hour of Code guest speaker series 
You can watch it here

Tomorrow morning our guest speakers series will continue with a focus on younger learners  with students from Bradford Elementary and Tunbridge School and two more  members of the Code community.  

On Thursday we'll be hearing from Vermont High School students from CVU and BFA St. Albans along with members of the code community in Vermont

You can check out the  the whole Vermont guest speakers series here

Keep on coding and sharing everyone!  


On Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 11:25 AM, Drescher, Peter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello all:


Happy Hour of Code week folks!  Hopefully some of your schools are taking part in the activities and starting some conversations locally about coding and computer science.


We had a great kick off day for it here at the Agency yesterday, we invited State Legislators to join us as we had some students in-house that acted as teachers in showing adults some coding examples.  It was great!  Elementary students from E. Montpelier school (Wash. Central SU)  as well as High schoolers and Mid schoolers from Montpelier showed up and did the tutoring.  We had Agency folks cycling through in the AM to work with the students as well.  We only had one legislator come by, Rep. Dylan Giambatista from Chittenden County, but it was a great event nevertheless and gave some adults unfamiliar with coding a window in to what is possible.


Through the week, and with a partnership with Vita Learn, there are lots of things happening that your schools can tune into.  Just check out the website at  and join us one at one of the activities or discussions.


The VT Agency of Education is happy to share any activities you are doing for Hour of Code week.  We’d also like to feature some of those activities through our social media channels. 


Please be sure to use the hashtags #vted and #hourofcode


Happy coding!


Peter Drescher

State Director of Educational Technology

VT Agency of Education

219 N. Main St. Suite 402

Barre, VT   05641






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