Hi Folks, 

As we wrap up Computer Science Education Week, I'd like to share information about the upcoming GIV Winter Weekends. Held at Goddard College, they offer motivated high school students the opportunity to work with talented faculty from across the country. I'm really excited about the faculty lead for Microcontrollers (arduino); Deborah Siegel, currently faculty at Norwich, is a mechanical engineer who worked in the aerospace industry and has recently relocated with her family to Vermont. She taught for our summer IT institute and did a fabulous job getting kids to a rock-solid understanding of microcontrollers. Students final projects were really robust- and totally student-directed. Got kids who have been fired up by Hour of Code? Girls excited by Girls Who Code? Help them find their tribe by letting them know about this opportunity (poster attached- feel free to share). Spaces in strands will fill up quickly, so it's good to apply early.

There are nine other great strands, including Digital Journalism, Mobile Media Production and Ethics, Chaos Art, Song Writers Bootcamp (they'll be doing some digital recording with a recording engineer who worked on Phish's albums), and more. 

Enrollment for all 9th-12th graders begins December 10th and runs through January 15th.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis.  Institutes fill up quickly, so students can gain an advantage by applying early.  Please visit for more information regarding topics, enrollment, and sliding scale tuition.  

Full disclosure: I'm program director for the weekends. But I'm really excited about this year's faculty and offerings. It's going to be terrific!


Shannon Walters
Teacher Librarian
Burlington High School
52 Institute Road
Burlington, Vermont 05408
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802-864-8411 ext 23206

Governor's Institutes of Vermont
GIV Information Technology & Digital Media, Program Director
Winter Weekends Program Director
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"Students need to move from being simply knowledgeable to being knowledge-able."
~Michael Wesch


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