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Last weekend, the  regional level of the national Future Cities competition was held at Maple Grove Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. More than 30 teams of middle school students from across the state competed. 

Every year, there’s a theme for students to build around. This year it was “electrify your future,” with teams challenged to create their cities specifically with renewable energy in mind.

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In the foreground, 2 Code.org workshop participants stare exasperatedly at a computer screen; in the background, 4 more around a table look at their laptops in front of them

Train the teachers you already have

Last weekend, the  regional level of the national Future Cities competition was held at Maple Grove Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. More than 30 teams of middle school students from across the state competed. 

Every year, there’s a theme for students to build around. This year it was “electrify your future,” with teams challenged to create their cities specifically with renewable energy in mind.

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The ‘Future’ looks promising indeed

Last weekend, the  regional level of the national Future Cities competition was held at Maple Grove Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. More than 30 teams of middle school students from across the state competed. 

Every year, there’s a theme for students to build around. This year it was “electrify your future,” with teams challenged to create their cities specifically with renewable energy in mind.

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Supporters rally to ‘Fund the Future’

Last weekend, the  regional level of the national Future Cities competition was held at Maple Grove Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. More than 30 teams of middle school students from across the state competed. 

Every year, there’s a theme for students to build around. This year it was “electrify your future,” with teams challenged to create their cities specifically with renewable energy in mind.

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Help get Tone over the finish line

This local musician and entrepreneur is less than $1000 away from his Kiva goal, but the clock is ticking. Kiva Iowa is for real. But don’t take our word for it. Just ask Antonio “Tone Da Boss” Chalmers. As a musician, Tone didn’t think there were enough opportunities in Iowa for his colleagues to get recognized. So as a promoter

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A room is spread with Code.org workshop project groups of four, sitting at tables and working together at their laptops

AI can be a huge help to teachers

Artificial Intelligence programs have arrived in our schools in a big way. And while we can debate all day about the pros and cons of students using AI in school, one thing that ISN’T up for debate is this: AI will continue to have a huge impact on our lives. Students should understand how it works and its implications.. Seriously.

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Computer science matters in schools. Here’s why.

We really can’t stress this enough: Computer science matters. That’s certainly not a secret here in Iowa. Code.org has ranked our state 7th in the nation for providing computer science education in schools. In the past six years, the number of states that have dedicated funding to computer science programs has gone from nine to 31. Every state in the

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