Edinburg, TX (December 9, 2014) — An All-Star cast of school and community leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) will be participating in The Hour of Code, a global movement to increase computer science on Thursday December 11, 2014 from 4:15- 5:15 at Robert Vela High School (RVHS) in Edinburg.
Coordinated by the school’s AVID program and heavily supported by principal, Mrs. Eva Torres, The Hour of Code at RVHS is the largest event in the RGV. Leading by example, Dr. Rene Gutierrez, Superintendent of Schools, will take the challenge and participate in the Hour following the lead of President Barack Obama who recently finished his hour as well in Washington D.C. Other Valley leaders who will be in attendance include: Eddie Cantu, Hidalgo County Commissioner Elect, Veronica Gonzalez, UTRGV Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Ramiro Garza, Jr., Edinburg City Manager, Sonny Palacios, Edinburg School Board Member, John Sargent, Business Professor at UTPA, Omar Quintanilla, Vice President of Frost Bank, Nick Maddox, Pastor at BT McAllen, Susan Valverde of Sylvan RGV, Olmo Maldonado, founder of Tech Tuesdays, Marcos Silva, co-founder of Border Kids Code, Chris Ardis, Education columnist and a host of organizations including Edinburg EDC and Mission EDC.
More importantly, RVHS students and teachers will be in attendance representing their respective club or athletic event. They will all take part in the one-hour video and game based curriculum provided by code.org. “The Hour of Code is about bringing awareness to the importance of computer science and to demystify the stereotype that you have to be excellent at Math and Science to learn to code. In fact, anyone can learn to code! More importantly, The Hour of Code is about creating opportunity for our students and creating economic opportunity for our local community,” says Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar, RVHS AVID coordinator.
The Hour of Code at RVHS is a host site stemming from a recent partnership between Region I and Code the Town to increase the awareness of The Hour of Code in our area. To learn more about the Hour of Code, visit http://www.hourofcode.com. To learn more about Code The Town, visit http://www.codethetown.com Happy Coding RGV! #hourofcode #codethetown