‘CodeCrush’ immersion experience builds a Midwest STEM community

Grassroots computer science workshop designed to introduce girls in the Midwest to computer coding and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

The state of Iowa uses Loess Hills as the inspiration for a state-wide program called “Computer Science is Elementary”. Schools receive grants to boost computer literacy. It’s all part of the “Future Ready Iowa” initiative to prepare Iowans for the workforce. Principal John Beeck says this type of teaching increases engagement and long-term memory. “The whole world is kind of controlled by computer science anymore. So why not teach kids that? The whole world relies on computers. Because the jobs they get when they graduate will probably deal with computer programming.”

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