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

Students working on computers
National Computer Science Education Week takes place December 3-9, 2018.

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.

During Computer Science Education Week, millions of students throughout the world participate in Hour of Code along with other computer science-related activities. A list of registered Hour of Code events in Iowa can be found at https://hourofcode.com/us/events/all/us/ia.

There are many ongoing efforts in Iowa aimed at increasing the number of computer science literate students. Earlier this year, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council announced the Computer Science is Elementary project which will transform six high-poverty elementary schools into innovative and engaging computer science instruction institutions.

Through the generous support from private-sector partners, awards of $50,000 will be made to six elementary schools located in each of the regions established by the STEM Council.

The Request for Proposal will be open from January to March 2019. Selected schools will be announced in the summer of 2019 with the final date for implementation to occur in August 2020.

Investors and applicants interested in more information about Computer Science is Elementary can visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/cselementary.