Raimondo promotes high-tech learning in schools

Raimondo Promotes High-Tech Learning in School Classrooms

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by local education leaders,  took a tour of the technology program at Edward R. Martin Middle School in East Providence. Raimondo visited the school's Google classroom and spoke with students about computer science and technology.

"Computer science is the new basic skill," Raimondo said. "Programs like the one at Edward R. Martin Middle School are exactly what our students need to be competitive in the job market. Our Computer Science for RI (CS4RI) initiative will give kids an edge, so that they can get good jobs that pay, and Rhode Island becomes an innovation center for years to come."

On Monday, Raimondo launched the CS4RI program, the state's first comprehensive computer science education initiative. The effort, in partnership with Microsoft, Code.org, colleges and universities across Rhode Island, and others, seeks to help every public school in Rhode Island teach computer science classes by December 2017.

Edward R. Martin Middle School student Jackson Ponte led the Governor's tour. Jackson is a 7th grade student who is learning how to code.

A student in Mr. Hargreaves' robotics class showed the Governor his robotic elephant. 

Governor Raimondo visited Mrs. Hammons' Google classroom, where she uses technology to teach her 7th grade English Language Arts class.

Governor Raimondo spoke to students at the school's robotics lab about learning to code.

For more photos from the event, please visit Governor Raimondo's Facebook Page.

(release and pictures from Governor's Office)