Compute to Compete: 12 Elementary Schools Blaze a Trail

Students at Kingsley-Pierson Elementary take part in the Computer Science is Elementary project

Planning and implementation are well under way for 12 awarded Computer Science is Elementary schools, a joint project of the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. For Kingsley-Pierson Elementary, students are already building confidence in computer science after only a couple months of implementing computer science into the elementary curriculum. Read more about Compute to Compete: 12 Elementary Schools Blaze a Trail

Elementary Schools Prepare to Implement Computer Science in the Classroom

Educators test out resource tools and materials for potential use in the classroom.

Twelve schools are leading the way for computer science instruction in Iowa as part of the Computer Science is Elementary project. Nearly 100 educators and administrators from these schools gathered at the FFA Enrichment Center located on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny for the Computer Science is Elementary Institute. Read more about Elementary Schools Prepare to Implement Computer Science in the Classroom

Computer Science is Elementary Adds Six More Schools

Students participate in computer science learning
Six additional elementary schools received $50,000 grants each to transform themselves into models of innovative computer science instruction through a joint project of the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Computer Science is Elementary Grant Awardees Announced

Computer Science is Elementary

Governor Kim Reynolds announced at today’s STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships: Governor's 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit the six schools selected to receive $50,000 grants each as part of the Computer Science is Elementary project. Read more about Computer Science is Elementary Grant Awardees Announced

Computer Science is Elementary Project Application Closes March 29

Computer Science is Elementary

Computational thinking is a new basic skill in the 21 st century. Building a strong foundation early for all students is critical. This will ensure students are well prepared later in their personal and professional lives, including for a dynamic workforce where a growing number of jobs require computational thinking. Read more about Computer Science is Elementary Project Application Closes March 29

Apply Now for Computer Science is Elementary Project Planning Grant

Computer Science is Elementary

The Computer Science is Elementary project is taking a crucial next step by inviting eligible Iowa schools to apply between January 22 and March 29, 2019, for $50,000 one-time planning grants. Read more about Apply Now for Computer Science is Elementary Project Planning Grant

Computer Science Education Week Brings Focus on Important 21st Century Skills

Students working on computers

Computer Science Education Week, held the first week in December, shines a light on the fundamentals of coding, generates interest in the subject and helps students realize how these skills can help meet future career needs. Read more about Computer Science Education Week Brings Focus on Important 21st Century Skills

New STEM Council Project Announced

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The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently announced a new project to launch six innovative computer science elementary schools. The six high-poverty schools will be competitively selected to transform existing buildings with engaging computer science instruction. This will create more opportunity for their students, including real-life work experiences with area employers. Read more about New STEM Council Project Announced

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