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Otter spends hour as 5th-grader

For one hour Wednesday morning, Gov. Butch Otter was just another student in Sonia Galaviz’s fifth-grade classroom learning to code.
Otter, Boise School District Superintendent Don Coberly and 20 elementary students completed the popular Hour of Code activities offered for free online through They used drag-and-drop block coding techniques to help Elsa, a character from the Disney movie “Frozen,” trace a series of geometric designs while ice skating. The lessons incorporated the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math — including coding, calculating angles, computing and basic math concepts. When Otter got stumped, he raised his hand to ask a question, just like the other students. “This is awesome,” he said, barely looking up from his computer screen to answer a reporter’s question/KMVT. More here.

Question: If you could go back to school, which grade would you go back to?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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