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Vermont schools gearing up for Hour of code

News Release — Vermont Agency of Education
December 6, 2014

Peter Drescher, 802-828-5149
Angela Ross, 802-828-3154

Colchester High School Wins $10,000 for Teaching Kids How to Code

MONTPELIER – Vermont schools are gearing up to teach a variety of skills related to programming code next week. Governor Shumlin has proclaimed December 9-15, 2013 Computer Science Education Week in Vermont and encouraged schools to participate in the national Hour of Code event.

Governor Shumlin’s proclamation emphasizes the importance of an applied Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) approach in order to prepare students for college and jobs of the future.

“Using technology is a necessity for all of us, especially our students,” said Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca. “This week-long event provides our students and our schools an opportunity to showcase their talents and their work.”

The Agency is rallying schools to register ( and to post agendas and planned activities to their school websites. Locally, educators are offering Hour of Code challenges designed for Vermont students to join at all grade levels (K-12). Schools can find out how to contribute to the Vermont gallery of Hour of Code or participate in code challenges specifically designed for Vermont students by Vermont educators here:

750 students at Colchester High School (CHS) are joining in on the largest education event in history: Hour of Code. Every student will spend an hour learning computer science, doing online tutorials featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Khan Academy and Angry Birds. Based on the plan CHS submitted to, they will receive $10,000 worth of computer hardware and accessories.

Schools are encouraged to register their classrooms and the number of students participating in activities during Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15) at Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Visit for inspiration.

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  • Harriet E. cady

    I think it is time for the schools to have an hour on ethics and morality. For instance when I was in hardwick Academy Mrs. Kinney, Mrs. Robb, Mrs. Albee has had quiet conversations on why it was wrong to hit another child, take something they had or to go in their desks without permission. What is happening in the big banks, industry, etc. has come about as children were taught less and less to respect others rights.
    “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” –Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1778

  • Angela Bennett

    Someone needs to explain to Middlebury High School, which offers NO (none, zero, zilch) computer science classes whatsoever, that we live in the “information age.” Not…one…class, workshop, or even a whisper.