Every first and third Saturday, NewBoCo hosts free STEAM programming for K-5 students. The stations rotate and include engaging topics such as game design, animation, robotics, healthcare, and coding. Our goal is to foster creativity and encourage children to enjoy learning new topics.

Due to the pandemic, we now offer CoderDojo in-person and virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Our in-person program offers the same hands-on experience as times past, but the virtual format still allows us to offer exciting stations and gives us the chance to reach learners from around the world!

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Every first and 3rd Saturday—now with 2 distinct ways to participate!



Attendees are welcomed at 1:00 PM and will experience “stations” for STEM activities . In-person CoderDojo is from 1:00-3:00 PM, and students are encouraged to visit any stations that look fun and interesting! Mentors will get participants started at each station, then students can learn, and explore the activities. Curiosity and creativity are always encouraged!

Reservations are requested so that we can provide adequate support for the stations. CoderDojo is a free community event, and we look forward to supporting students as they learn about STEM!


Attendees are welcomed at 3:00 PM CST and will experience virtual “stations” for online STEM activities. Virtual sessions will be 1 hour and will use Remo, a virtual platform that will allow students to move between stations. The event link will be sent to registered participants prior to the session. Mentors will get participants started with an introduction and prompt, then students can share their screens if they need help during the session or just to show off their work!

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New to coding? These lessons recorded by Alison, our Assistant Director, can help you become a pro at using Scratch, so when the next ‘Dojo rolls around you’re ready!

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While Computer Science is one of the fastest-growing majors today, women make up only 18% of graduates. We can change this and have fun at the same time.
In February 2016, we held the first girls-only code camp in Iowa. The event exceeded our expectations—more than 50 middle and high school girls attended! We’ve since decided to support a variety of programs state-wide aimed at encouraging girls to experience and consider careers in computer science.

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Future City (Grades 6-8)

Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Starting with the question, “How can we make the world a better place?” students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue.

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Unlocking Doors for Students

NewBoCo is the designated provider of Professional Learning Programs in Iowa. Our role includes providing quality professional development to educators through local school district partnerships and acting as a regional hub of the global computer science education movement. NewBoCo will work with schools and provide networking and collaboration events for computer science teachers.

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Interested in more resources to encourage your students along? Check out our Computer Science Resources page!

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