Escalante Elementary gets $10K for computer equipment

Cameron Wilson, vice president and chief operating officer of government affairs at Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, presents a $10,000 check to Escalante Elementary School computer teacher Mischelle Colby and Principal Liz Gonzalez during an assembly at the school in Rose Park on Monday.

The funds will be used to buy computer equipment to support improved student outcomes in computer science. The award is part of the state’s partnership with Code.org to increase computer science opportunities for all Utah students in grades K-12.

Monday also marked the start of the global movement Hour of Code, which was created by Code.org in 2013 and reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.