Students participate in coding, other events all week at the Science Museum of Richmond.
Students across Virginia will participate in coding and other activities this week in celebration of Virginia Computer Science Education Week. AT&T contributed $25,000 to CodeVA to support this week’s events.
Chris Dovi, executive director of CodeVA, kicked off the week on Monday during a special event at the Science Museum of Richmond. The event was livestreamed to classrooms across the Commonwealth.
“Virginia was the first state to adopt computer science as a mandatory subject for all students. It did this because computer science is an essential literacy for our modern workforce. It is only with critical corporate partner investments — exemplified by AT&T’s generous support for CodeVA — that we ensure our kids are equipped for the jobs of tomorrow and today. CodeVA is a partnership between the state and its corporate citizens working toward a common goal for our kids and our Commonwealth,” Dovi said.
A portion of AT&T’s contribution also supports CodeVA’s Eureka Workshop out-of-school programs, including CodeVA’s free, city-wide robotics club and competition team.
Gov. Ralph Northam issued a proclamation recognizing December 3-9, 2018 as National Computer Science Education Week in the Commonwealth, saying, in part: “Virginia students, especially females and minorities, will learn about the computer science field during Virginia’s celebration of Computer Science Education Week, exploring career pathways that include cybersecurity and information security; and Virginia will continue to be a leader in computer science and cybersecurity through business growth, entrepreneurship and innovation.”
"It is only with critical corporate partner investments — exemplified by AT&T’s generous support for CodeVA — that we ensure our kids are equipped for the jobs of tomorrow and today." —Chris Dovi
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, Virginia’s Chief Information Security Officer Michael Watson, State Superintendent for Public Instruction James Lane and Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall all joined the Governor, the First Lady Pamela Northam and First Daughter Aubrey Northam at the kickoff event. Approximately 200 Richmond Public Schools middle school students who attended also spent the remainder of the day participating in Hour of Code and unplugged computer science challenges and activities at the Science Museum.
Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for External Affairs in Virginia said AT&T’s support will help prepare more students for in-demand jobs — and help Virginia maintain its competitive edge.
“AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company, our Commonwealth and our country for the future,” Apruzzese said. “By supporting CodeVA, We’re creating opportunities for young people in Virginia to learn about and prepare for rewarding careers in technology fields.”
Over the past 2 years, AT&T contributed more than $40,000 to help CodeVA prepare the next generation of tech leaders in the Commonwealth.
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CodeVA is an educational non-profit created to promote computer science all across Virginia. Based in Richmond VA, our teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. CodeVA was founded with the principle that anyone can code, and that every Virginia child has a fundamental right to computer science literacy. Since 2014, CodeVA has taken great strides in making computer science a priority for Virginia. In 2016, Virginia became the first state in the nation to pass sweeping computer science education reform. This law mandates that every Virginia child will receive access to essential computer science literacy – to include coding – from Kindergarten through graduation. CodeVA seeks to build a strong, vibrant 21st century Virginia workforce by providing access to computer science education for every child. Anyone can code. Everyone should.
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