NewBoCo receives $50,000 grant to expand K-5 STEM programming

Rob MerrittEducation, Press Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa– The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) announced today it has received a $50,000 grant from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), a private, Iowa-based charitable foundation. These funds will support the addition of health care-focused lessons into NewBoCo’s K-5  CoderDojo program. NewBoCo’s K-12 Education programming supports Iowans of all ages by providing the training and skills necessary to thrive … Read More

How Fort Madison is using CS and innovation to overcome barriers

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education, Press Release

Richardson Elementary received the Computer Science is Elementary grant for the 2019-2020 school year.  Their vision was scaffolded for success: Spend the first year planning, training coaches, and a leadership team. Then continue to expand by providing professional development for teachers to implement computer science into their classrooms. However, they didn’t stop at basic computer science implementation. Instead they sought … Read More


Aaron HornComputer Science, Education

DeltaV Student and Instructor

Opportunity. NewBoCo started DeltaV Code School in 2017 to help solve Iowa’s technical workforce crisis. In Iowa, there are 3,000 open computing jobs each month, but last year, our universities only graduated approximately 679 Computer Science majors. All across our state, employers struggle to fill these positions. DeltaV helps solve this problem by giving Iowans the skills necessary to fill … Read More

Collins Aerospace donates $100,000 to NewBoCo K-12 education

Rob MerrittEducation, Press Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 12, 2020) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has announced a commitment of $210,000 to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs in Iowa. A grant of $100,000 will go to NewBoCo to support its K-12 computer coding workshops and engineering project learning programs, which provide hands-on experience … Read More

Iowa EdTech Accelerator Launches First Accelerator Cohort

Rob MerrittCorporate Innovation, Education, Press Release, Startups

ICR IOWA — This week, the Iowa EdTech Accelerator welcomed its first cohort of educational technology companies. The Accelerator, a collaborative project led by NewBoCo, is an intensive, highly-focused 14-week program aimed at early stage (pre- or early-revenue) companies that are located in Iowa. The Accelerator program is one of the key pillars of the newly-formed Iowa EdTech Collaborative initiative. … Read More

Middle School Students Tap into Clean Water for Future City Iowa Regional Competition

Rob MerrittEducation, Grades 6-8, Press Release

Monday, January 27, 2020, Cedar Rapids, IA – 40 teams of middle school students from across Iowa presented their solutions to provide cities with a clean, sustainable water supply at the Future City Iowa Regional Competition at Prairie Point Middle School on Saturday, January 25. “Our goal at NewBoCo is to give students access to innovative and engaging STEM education,” … Read More

DeltaV Student Spotlight: Ethan Titler

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

From a friendly smile in every aisle to a friendly face behind Aisles Online How DeltaV helped Ethan Titler take the next step in his career at Hy-Vee When Ethan Titler started to learn to code with DeltaV Code School, he was a part time server at Hy-Vee’s Market Grille, but he already knew where he wanted to work after … Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Vicky

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

Vicky is a developer at UFG in Cedar Rapids. Meet Vicky. She’s been with UFG Insurance since 1998. In 2004, she took a trainee position and learned how to code. UFG was very supportive of her move, and she’s been working as a coder ever since. To Vicky, UFG means job security. She doesn’t worry about work-life balance because of ... Read More

Women Who Code in the Corridor

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

Meet the women behind the keyboards of software companies in Cedar Rapids. They have had careers in code for a combined 70 years. They shared their experiences working in the tech industry and why they have stayed. Meet Jennie. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Business. She used to create worlds through … Read More

One Year Later: Meet Dustin

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

Dustin, a DeltaV '17 Graduate, works as a Developer at UFG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Meet Dustin. He graduated from the inaugural class of DeltaV Code School in 2017. One year later, he’s an application developer at UFG Insurance. He and fellow graduate Jason were hired by UFG less than two months after graduating from DeltaV. As DeltaV students, Dustin ... Read More