CEDAR FALLS | The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council received $20,000 from Google to support a computer science program.
This is the second time Google has funded “Code Iowa,” which focuses on increasing the state’s participation in Code.org’s international effort called “The Hour of Code.” Last December, more than 450 schools took part in the event, and 50 schools signed up through the STEM Council to become a certified Code Iowa partner. Google’s first $20,000 contribution allowed the STEM Council to award five schools across Iowa with $4,000 technology awards for participating in the “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week.
The council is based at the University of Northern Iowa. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
According to Code.org statistics, Iowa currently has nearly 4,500 open computing jobs with only 358 computer science graduates to fill them, which is a demand 3.1 times the state average.