32 Teachers Graduate from NewBoCo’s Inaugural Computer Science Professional Learning Program

Molly MonkComputer Science, Press ReleaseLeave a Comment

A group of 23 teachers stand on a staircase at Iowa State University for a picture during NewBoCo's professional development training

Teachers representing both large and small school districts across the state of Iowa officially completed their training with NewBoCo’s Computer Science Professional Learning Program earlier this month. The program, made possible through a partnership with Code.org, a national nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science education, provides professional development at no cost to teachers wanting to bring computer science … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Asmaa Elkeurti

Molly MonkComputer Science, Education1 Comment

NewBoCo Volunteer Asmaa Elkeurti works with a student on a laptop for NewBoCo's Girls Code Camp

“I firmly believe anyone can learn computer science.” — Asmaa Elkeurti After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2016, Asmaa Elkeurti became a developer at Pear Deck, an Iowa City-based education startup offering a web-based application to K-12 schools and teachers, and a regular volunteer for NewBoCo’s K-12 computer science education programs. Before she leads this Saturday’s Javascript session for our GirlsCode++ … Read More

Huge progress in Computer Science education this week

Eric EngelmannComputer Science, Ecosystem, EducationLeave a Comment

A lot has happened this past week in our effort to build computer science education in Iowa — and nationally — to help address the gap in computer science offerings available in schools today. Code.org is a global nonprofit, backed by some of the world’s largest tech companies, that teaches kids the fundamentals of computer science. If you have kids, they’ve likely tried the … Read More

Iowa educators learn how to teach computer science at Code.org’s TeacherCon

Samantha DahlbyComputer Science, Ecosystem, EducationLeave a Comment

Thirty-two Iowa teachers were surrounded by over 400 of their peers in Houston June 18th - 23rd. Looking at their faces, you may have thought they were all on vacation, but they were actually hard at work during TeacherCon Houston, the beginning of our year-long Computer Science Professional Learning Program. This will be the first year that the program is ... Read More

The state of Iowa’s innovation ecosystem: so much progress, yet so much more to do.

Eric EngelmannComputer Science, Ecosystem, Education, StartupsLeave a Comment

Last night, the NewBoCo team attended the annual Prometheus Awards put on by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI). Having been a long-time member of the organization, and a current board member, I’ve been attending this event since the very beginning 12 years ago. Back then, it was maybe a hundred or so state leaders, technology leaders, and economic developers kind ... Read More