Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), Children & Young Adults, Computers and Computer Science, Digital Literacy path, For Students, Hour of Code, Public Computer Center volunteers, St. Croix Department of Labor PCC, St. Croix PCCs, St. Thomas PCCs, Turnbull Regional Library, USVI Technological Revolution, viNGN in the community

USVI Hour of Code hosted at St. Croix and St. Thomas PCCs

Turnbull Library PCC Volunteer Nneka Byron helps a young man create another line of code

Turnbull Library PCC Volunteer Nneka Byron helps a young man create another line of code

(U.S. Virgin Islands) – For the third year in a row, viNGN has participated in the worldwide Computer Science Education Week event the Hour of Code. This year’s effort was in cooperation with Genius Lab and saw activities Friday at the St. Croix Department of Labor and Turnbull Regional Library Public Computer Centers.

This makes the second year that Genius Lab has collaborated with viNGN on Hour of Code and organizer Alexis George is grateful to his support team: “On St. Croix at the Department of Labor Hour of Code, thanks to David Christian of, Cecily Lawrence, Anthony Roberts and Chris Jones from the Department of Labor for the IT support. Also on St. Thomas, it was a pleasure to work with Chris Douté (IT Systems Manager) over at Turnbull Library.”

Participants performed a variety of beginner programming courses modeled on the new Star Wars movie, Minecraft, Frozen and Angry Birds. At Turnbull Library, assistance was provided by UVIdea members/viNGN interns Shakaja Mercer and Daricia Wilkinson and Turnbull Library PCC volunteer Nneka Byron.

George is already looking forward to the next Computer Science Education Week event: “I look forward to making 2016 Computer Science Education Week bigger and better reaching as many students across the territory as possible!”

The Hour of Code exercises are available all year ’round online at – or visit the Code Studio ( to view programming courses for very young learners to get started!

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About vingn

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit


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