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ACS Speaks at Des Moines East High

Students from Des Moines East High School show adults how they use computer science.

December 6, 2017, Des Moines, IA – Des Moines East High School, in partnership with NewBoCo, will host business representatives, state officials, and school administrators during an Hour of Code event on December 8, closing out Computer Science Education week. East High School math and computer science teacher Tim Walljasper is participating in NewBoCo’s 2017-18 Code.org Professional Learning Program and is proud to share his successes this year.

“We are in our second year offering AP Computer Science Principles here at East, and I am happy to share participation has doubled over year one to nearly 60 students enrolled. It has been an amazing experience watching students gain confidence and get excited about the work they are creating,” he shared.

Event attendees will hear a welcome from Sean Johnson, Associated Computer System VP of Operations, and Principal’s Antoinette Stevens. Students will demonstrate their projects and invite attendees to learn how to code with them. “This is a great way for decision makers outside of the classroom to see what students are capable of, and for students to hear how skills strengthened through computer science are valuable in any field,” says Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo’s K-12 Education Coordinator.

About Des Moines East High School
East High School was founded in 1861 and has since become Iowa’s largest high school with more than 2,300 students. East’s motto “For the Service of Humanity” embraces East’s focus on developing lifelong learners who will be productive citizens. For more information about East High School, visit east.dmschools.org .

About NewBoCo
The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative is a nonprofit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. The organization aims to create impactful startup businesses that grow here through its Iowa Startup Accelerator program and more; to foster world-class technical and creative talent via innovative educational programs for kids and adults; to assist thriving, innovative companies in developing new products and attracting the best talent through corporate innovation programs; and to make an outstanding social impact and make the world a better place. Since 2014, the program has grown dramatically, helping hundreds of startups getoff the ground and grow, and thousands of children learn to code.

About Code.org Professional Learning Program
The Code.org Professional Learning Program is a year long training that is free for middle school and high school teachers. The high quality program starts with a full week in the summer, followed by quarterly workshops during the academic year to support teachers as they implement their curriculum and build a community of support amongst the computer science teachers in Iowa. The program is geared toward all levels of experience including teachers that have never taught computer science before.