The next step in Iowa’s Computer Science is Elementary project was announced on Tuesday when Gov. Kim Reynolds invited eligible schools to apply for $50,000 one-time planning grants. The applications are open now through March 29 as the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education partner with business and industry to transform six high-poverty elementary schools across the state into models of innovative computer science instruction. “Tomorrow’s workforce is sitting in the classroom right now!” says Gov. Reynolds. “Computer Science is Elementary builds on our efforts to expand STEM education across Iowa, including a $1 million fund to train our computer science teacher workforce.” To be eligible, school districts and non-public school systems must have at least one elementary building with at least 40 percent of students taking free or reduced-price lunches. Stand-alone non-public schools may also apply. A total of $350,000 has been raised to provide the six schools with the $50,000 grants. Loess Hills Computer Programming School in Sioux City, the inspiration for the program, will also receive $50,000 to serve as a project resource, including consulting related to curriculum development. Awards will be announced this summer for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year. More details and applications can be found through the link below.
More information and applications: www.IowaSTEM.gov/cselementary