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

Rob MerrittEducation, Grades 6-8, Press ReleaseLeave a Comment

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

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

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

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

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

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

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

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

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

Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Usha

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

Usha sits in a lounge area of the cafeteria space on UFG's downtown Cedar Rapids campus. Meet Usha. She’s been with UFG Insurance for two years as an Application Development Team Lead. She values her position at UFG because UFG values her. “Everybody is pretty supportive; even though UFG is growing they’re trying to keep the family feel for the ... Read More

We’re Rebranding! Meet NewBoCo K-12 Education

Aaron HornEducationLeave a Comment

Four kids work on laptops learning how to code with the NewBoCo K-12 Education logo in the bottom left corner.

 NewBoCo’s been up to a lot these past four years. We’ve grown from a small startup accelerator to a nonprofit with programming supporting education, innovation, and entrepreneurship for Iowans of all ages. As we’ve grown, we know it’s been hard to keep up with what exactly it is we do here. So many of our programs have different names, and … 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

The power of Agile in startups

Eric EngelmannAgile, Ecosystem, Education, Iowa Startup Accelerator, Scrum, StartupsLeave a Comment

Here are some of the observations that I shared with them. (I asked Matt Rooda, their CEO, if I could share some of the observations in this post.) They got the big picture right; I did give them some constructive feedback on a variety of items, but they were mostly pretty nuanced details. Agile is fundamentally teaching entrepreneurs how to … 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