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.
What is the Computer Science is Elementary Project?
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education are partnering with business and industry to transform six existing high-poverty elementary schools across Iowa into models of innovative computer science instruction. Each school will receive a one-time planning award of $50,000 to weave computer science and other elements of computational thinking into the broader curriculum.
Who can apply?
School districts and non-public school systems (or stand-alone non-public schools) with an elementary building of at least 40 percent of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch may apply. One Computer Science is Elementary School will be located in each of the six regions established by the STEM Council.
For more information or to apply, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/cselementary.