Computer Science is Elementary

Computer Science is Elementary

The vision of the Computer Science is Elementary project is to transform six high-poverty elementary schools into showcases of outstanding computer science education, including career exploration with employer partners, no later than the 2020-21 school year. These six Computer Science is Elementary Schools, plus Loess Hills Computer Programming School, will serve as a statewide resource for Iowa educators by sharing their curriculum and community engagement strategies. Computer science is a new basic skill in the 21st century, so building a strong foundation early for all students is critical. This will ensure they are well prepared later in their personal and professional lives, including for a dynamic workforce where a growing number of jobs require computer science skills.


Each Computer Science is Elementary school developed a blueprint outlining their path to implementing computer science cross-curricularly in their local elementary school. Click on the links below for access to the blueprints. 


Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced twelve schools selected to each receive $50,000 grants through the Computer Science is Elementary project.

The six initial schools, which Gov. Reynolds named at the 2019 Future Ready Iowa-STEM Summit, are:

The six additional schools announced on June 5, 2019, are:

At least one Computer Science is Elementary School is located in each of the six regions established by the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council. Loess Hills Computer Programming School in Sioux City also will receive $50,000 to serve as a project resource.



This project was made possible by the generous support from our private-sector partners:

  • Collins Aerospace
  • Principal Financial
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Kemin Industries
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • ITC
  • Alliant Energy
  • The Technology Association of Iowa
  • Verizon
  • Paragon IT Professionals
  • AT&T
  • SAI
  • Workiva
  • Pella Rollscreen Foundation
  • Merchants Bonding Company
  • Bankers Trust
  • Support

For additional questions or assistance, please contact Northwest Regional STEM Manager Mary Trent at


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