Thursday December 17, 2015
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. The good news is that schools are on their way to changing this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you know it made history; in one week, 60 million students tried computer science!
That’s why every one of the 230 students at South Burlington’s Chamberlin School joined the largest education event in history: the Hour of Code. During the week of December 7-13, this global movement reached tens of millions of students in 180 countries. Chamberlin was the one school chosen in the state of Vermont to receive a $10,000 grant from Code.org to bring new technology directly to students.
Over 500 partners have come together to support this global movement, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, President Obama, Bill Gates, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board.
To date, 130 million students have tried the Hour of Code. Half were girls. Now the Hour of Code movement is aiming to double its impact in a campaign to prove that regardless of age, race or gender, anyone can learn how to not just consume, but build the technologies of the future.
Chamberlin’s school-wide participation in the program supports the idea that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science and to nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, these South Burlington students will have a foundation for success in 21st-century career paths.
Superintendent David Young presented the $10,000 check to Chamberlin Principal Holly Rouelle, Teacher Librarian and Technology Specialist Cally Flickinger, and an enthusiastic student body at a celebratory assembly on Monday, December 14.