What is "Code Iowa?"
"Code Iowa" works in partnership with Code.org's "Hour of Code," which is an opportunity for every K-8 student to try coding for one hour during Computer Science Education Week. The national campaign comes after Code.org analyzed statistics that show by 2020, only 400,000 Computer Science graduates will be available to fill more than 1.4 million computing jobs in the nation (Code.org). That's a $500 billion opportunity up for grabs!
In its second year, 643,038 students tried the "Hour of Code" in Iowa during Computer Science Education Week with more than 83 million students involved around the world. Code.org believes introducing computer programming to students around the globe (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 $20,000 gift from Google—helps generate interest and participation from Iowa's teachers, school districts, parents and students with hopes of establishing a continued interest to incorporate computer science into school learning.
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 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:
- Iowa is one of 27 states where students can't count the course for credit towards high school graduation.
- In Iowa, there are 4,489 open computing jobs with only 358 computer science graduates eligible to fill them.
Schools Win Technology Awards
The STEM Council, Google, and Code.org helped award six Iowa schools for their participation in the "Hour of Code" and created Certified Code Iowa Partners, a resource of interested educators, schools and school districts in taking Computer Science beyond an hour in the classroom.
Certified Code Iowa Partners
All public or private K-12 schools and out-of-school organizations that participated in the "Hour of Code" in Iowa are "Certified Code Iowa Partners" and will receive a certificate in the mail to acknowledge them. If your school or organization participated in the "Hour of Code," please e-mail Mendez@IowaSTEM.gov with a mailing address to receive that certificate.
Those participating public or private school educators will also receive information about free K-5 Code.org workshops happening across Iowa this spring. Three workshops will be held centrally among the six STEM regions and a total of 60 "Certified Code Iowa Partner" teachers—20 teachers per workshop—will be eligible to receive travel and substitute pay stipends to attend the weekday workshops.
Workshops will be led by Dr. Ben Schafer, a Code.org-affiliate trainer and a computer science professor at the University of Northern Iowa, who Code.org recently recognized as second in the country for training 570 teachers—nearly 5.6% of all teachers in the country last year. If you are a public or private school educator who signed up to host an "Hour of Code" event in your school, please e-mail Mendez@IowaSTEM.gov for more information about the free workshops.
"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"
- KGAN-TV: "Students learn in Hour of Code"
Want more resources?
- Visit Code.org for more information and access to its free, online programming
- 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