What is "Code Iowa?"
"Code Iowa" works in partnership with Code.org's "Hour of Code," which is an opportunity for every student to try coding for one hour during Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week) from December 5 to 11, 2016. The national campaign comes after an obvious job demand: Currently, only roughly 43,000 computer science graduates are trained and available to fill more than 500,000 computing jobs in the nation (Code.org).
Last year, 590,000 Iowans tried an hour of code during CSEd Week with more than 100 million people involved around the world. Code.org believes introducing computer programming to students (even for an hour) will change the statistics to meet the demand of a society that is dependent on the innovation and economic growth that stems from computer science and coding.
The “Code Iowa" partnership—thanks to a $40,000 gift from Google and Verizon this year—helps generate interest and participation from Iowa educators, school districts, community organizations, parents and students with the hopes of establishing a continued interest to incorporate computer science into schools and afterschool learning environments across the state.
Plus, all of the programming is hosted for FREE on Code.org year-round and expands beyond just one hour of coding for those interested. Just trying it out might light the spark in the next Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or our own, Iowa-bred Ben Silbermann, co-founder of Pinterest.
The Demand in Iowa
Think about these popular programs... Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Dropbox, Instagram, video games, banking apps, the Internet and the list goes on. That list exists only because someone, somewhere learned computer science. Unfortunately, it's not as accessible in Iowa, according to Code.org:
Schools Win Technology Awards
The STEM Council, Google, Verizon and Code.org has helped award 18 Iowa schools for their participation in the "Hour of Code" since 2014 and created Certified Code Iowa Partners, a resource of interested educators in taking computer science beyond an hour in the classroom.
"Code Iowa" in the Media
- WHO-TV: "Iowa's effort to making coding cool"
- RADIO IOWA: "Hour of Code" event in 600+ Iowa schools and organizations this week"
- CBS2: Corridor school receives $3,500 technology award for coding efforts
Want more resources?
- Visit Code.org for more information and access to its free, online programming
- Explore the K-12 CS Framework released in October 2016
- Check out this neat inforgraphic about the different careers and languages in coding
- Read up on ways to inspire more girls with computer science or learn more about why computer coding is vital to the future of the economy and how to get your child interested