Legislature processing computer science bill

Programming enthusiasts are watching the Iowa legislature, hoping they boot up a Computer Science bill (SF274) this session, but it will come down to a binary up or down before long.

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Highland Elementary students coding in Waterloo

Iowa STEM amped up on Java and other computer science tools

Generation Z is type-cast as technology native—born with iPads in their cribs, raised with smartphones clutched in their grip, educated on digital global blackboards and bathed in WiFi waves connecting their cars, TVs and toasters. They’re accomplished consumers of technology. But how many could design an app, troubleshoot a software bug or critique the pros and cons of crowdsourcing?

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Grant Wood Elementary School receives Code Iowa Technology Award

Thousands learn to program through Code Iowa

The room is eerily quiet. Students’ eyes are glued to their computers, geared up with headphones and a mouse to take on the challenge. Suddenly, a young girl’s hands go up in the air as she yells, “Yes! I did it!”

That’s the “Hour of Code.”

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Lincoln Elementary School coding girls

Iowa STEM moves with Intel i7 speed on computer science

The Computer Science (CS) Working Group of the STEM Council is micro-processing at 4 GHz on a number of levels to realize our state’s leadership expectations in CS.

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Lt. Governor Reynolds speaks at Jordan Creek Elementary School

Iowans take a big “byte” of coding

Early December’s celebration of computer science in Iowa worked to inspire thousands of students across the state to try a “byte” of the computer programming world.

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Davenport West High School utilizes Project Lead The Way's Computer Science program

Computer science gets Scaled-Up by Iowa STEM

With Computer Science Education Week right around the corner, the “T” in STEM is in the spotlight once more through Code.org and the STEM Council’s “Code Iowa” partnership. This year, the new Computer Science and Software Engineering course by Project Lead The Way helps support these IT efforts in Iowa.

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Howard-Winneshiek Community School District students particpate in ST Math, Scale-Up program

Using the “T” to teach the “M” — ST Math scales across Iowa

It is not your typical kindergarten classroom. Although full of the boundless energy of youth, the room is so quiet you would hear a pin drop. Every child is seated, eyes glued to their iPads, headphones on, some smiling and some intently focused on reaching the next level in a game called, ST (Spatial-Temporal) Math.

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Pekin Community High School students earn certification through the Microsoft IT Academy

Business and education share demand for Microsoft IT Academy

Both businesses and educators agree that developing skills with the Microsoft Office suite will lead to success in the future offices of Iowa businesses. That notion is why Microsoft IT Academy operates at capacity serving a mixture of 150 school districts and community colleges, certifying hundreds of students as well as some teachers throughout the state in Microsoft Office programs.

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Lewis Central Middle School students use STEM Scale-Up program, "Engineering is Elementary"

STEM Scale-Up program sets sail into year four

Nearly 3,000 educators throughout Iowa will take the lead on engaging more than 100,000 young learners with top STEM Scale-Up programs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each year, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council evenly distributes STEM programming across all six STEM regions, powered by $3.1 million of the annual STEM appropriation from the Iowa Legislature.

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