Merchants Bonding Company is partnering with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education to help turn six high-poverty elementary schools into models of innovative computer science instruction as part of the new “Computer Science is Elementary” project. Each selected school will receive a $50,000 award thanks to private-sector sponsors like Merchants.
Merchants Chief Information Officer Brad Rasmussen attended a press conference today with Governor Kim Reynolds to introduce the project, which aims to transform the schools with programs including career exploration with employer partners, no later than the 2020-21 school year.
Of the program, Rasmussen said, “There is no better way to build our future than to invest in our kids today. It’s a great program that will pay dividends down the line, and I’m happy that we’re a part of it.”
For additional information, visit: https://www.iowastem.gov/