Gov. Asa Hutchinson
SHOW OF HANDS: Gov. Hutchinson asked Hall High students if they took, or planned to take, computer coding classes.
took his computer coding roadshow to Hall High School in Little Rock today and used the appearance to also announce a state competition in coding.
Teams from each high school will compete at the regional level for a state competition in April. The first-place winners will receive $2,000 per person and winning schools will get a grant for computer equipment. Verizon announced a $40,000 gift to help finance the program.
Hutchinson touted, as he has in other school appearances, the state's new mandate that each high school offer a computer science class. Students may now use a computer course to satisfy the math component of graduation requirements.