NewBoCo Virtual CoderDojo
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 made CoderDojo virtual for the 2020-2021 school year. Our virtual format allows us to offer exciting stations and give us the chance to reach learners from around the world!
We are going virtual for now! CoderDojo is a free K-5 STEAM program under NewBoCo K-12 Education that encourages creativity, fosters entrepreneurship, and helps kids learn to code.
Attendees are welcomed at 1:30 pm 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.
Spots are limited so that we can provide adequate support on the content as well as with the virtual environment. We are excited to provide this support to students during the pandemic, and continue a version of our popular CoderDojo events!
get a head-start
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!
Code++ is a one-day event to teach 8th-12th grade students about programming. The beginner group will learn HTML and CSS to build their own website. They will also learn about careers in computer science.
This event would not be possible without our sponsors, Collins Aerospace, BAE Systems, Green State Credit Union, Workiva, and IDT. A big thank you to everyone involved!
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.
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.
NewBoCo is the designated provider of Code.org 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.
Interested in more resources to encourage your students along? Check out our Resources page!