In March, SVRTC was prepared to celebrate its 25th year of ‘Educating Southside School Divisions in Emerging Technologies’. Due to unforeseen circumstances, our annual awards banquet was cancelled. While it has taken a while for us to figure out the best way to celebrate our awardees, we found four special guests to help us celebrate our SVRTC awardees and announce our (long overdue) competitive award recipients for Division Leadership Award and Technology Leadership Award:
Officially, our competitive awards were announced at 3:30pm, Thursday, December 10, 2020 through ITTIP’s Youtube channel video premiere, SVRTC 2012-2020 Banquet Awardees. Recognition for each SVRTC division Teacher, Technology and Support awards were also distributed early in the Fall and shared as Twitter posts from both the ITTIP Twitter and SVRTC Twitter accounts. There is also slideshow available with pictures and descriptions of those awardees.
In computing and technology careers, greater inclusion lifts individual futures and entire communities. Yet many groups are underrepresented. Too many voices and their winning ideas go unheard. Unquestionably, the will for change exists, but turning awareness into outcomes requires strategies for action. From the classroom to the boardroom, the superintendent’s office to the tech labs, Sussex Central High School (SCHS) wanted to expose students to evidence-based methodologies, and collaborative peer communities that could help build possibility, develop potential, and create lasting change.
This was the year of action at SCHS as they celebrated Computer Science (CS) Education Week with and an Hour of Code Fair. The event had several CS guests who came to share including: CodeVA, VSU Computer Science Department, Counselors4Computing Group, SCHS Robotics Team, SCHS Programming Class and a host of volunteers. The event provided a way to foster awareness of CS for all students.