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The Governor's Press Conference today was held at East Montpelier Elem School where he focused on Computer Science and the importance it holds for Vermont students and schools.  The Governor worked with students on Hour of Code activities for a significant period of time after the official press conference.  This event came together very quickly, we are hoping to use it to build some momentum with other business and industry partners.  This was also a preview of what we hope to accomplish in terms of visibility during the Hour of Code Week celebration in December.  (3-9 this year).


Governor Scott spoke, along with Secretary of Education Dan French.  The highlight of the event was the announcement of the Vermont Computer Science Alliance which was created this summer with UVM, VTVLC, AOE and Code.org.   We are very excited about this new partnership and soon information will be coming for school districts to commit educators to a summer training opportunity in the summer of 2019.  Scholarships for teachers are available from Code.org.  The application process will be released next week with all relevant information and posted on this School IT listserv.


Here is the Media Release from today's Press Conference:



***MEDIA ADVISORY***
 
GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT AND OFFICIALS FROM THE AGENCY OF EDUCATION AND VERMONT COMPUTER SCIENCE ALLIANCE INVITE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA TO PARTICPATE IN “HOUR OF CODE” EVENT
 
What:                   Press Conference and Coding Event: Governor Scott and representatives from the Agency of Education and the Vermont Computer Science Alliance will participate in an “Hour of Code” event at East Montpelier Elementary School on Thursday.
 
Prior to the coding tutorial, the Governor and other participants will provide brief remarks and take questions from members of the media.
 
Members of the media are invited to join the Governor, students and other participants in the one-hour introduction to computer science.
 
Please note, this will serve as the Governor’s weekly press conference. It is also a change in time and location to the Governor’s Public Schedule.
 
When:                  Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
                                12:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Press Conference
                                1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Hour of Code activities & demonstration
 
Where:                 East Montpelier Elementary and Middle School
                                665 Vincent Flats Road, East Montpelier
 
About Code.org: Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world.
 
About Hour of CodeStarted as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.



Peter Drescher
Education Technology Coordinator
Vermont Agency of Education
219 N. Main St. Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
802-479-1169
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Twitter: VTED_Technology

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