Photo by Mark Robinson
Richmond Public Schools students attend an "Hour of Code" at the Science Museum of Virginia.
A local nonprofit is leading the charge to improve area public school students’ computer science skills.
More than 100 Richmond Public Schools students attended “Hour of Code,” an event held by CodeVA on Tuesday morning at the Science Museum of Virginia to coincide with National Computer Science Education Week. The organization, founded by Rebecca and Chris Dovi, is based in Richmond, but works across the state to expand public school students’ digital literacy.
Public officials who spoke at the event emphasized the competitive advantage that computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses could give RPS students who apply for college or a job.
“We know that technology is the future,” Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones told those in attendance.
Outside of the event, CodeVA holds after-school programs and teacher training courses to increase digital literacy in the region and state.