Marshalltown Schools to receive $67,348 in state funding to boost computer science programs


Marshalltown High School students Javier Ramirez, right, and Marcos Medina work on a coding project in a computer science class at MHS. Marshalltown Schools is receiving additional state funding to help grow computer science programming district-wide.

Marshalltown Schools have been leaders in implementing computer science instruction in the classroom at all grade levels in recent years and new state funding will help that momentum continue.

The school district will receive $67,348 in additional state funding for computer science, which was announced by Governor Kim Reynolds recently. Locally, the grant will be spent in three areas of computer science.

  • A total of $29,448 will fund tuition reimbursement for two college courses for nine teachers in the district, which would be credits toward an endorsement in computer science.
  • A total of $23,900 will allow students and teachers to access creative coding curriculum through the program BrainPop to be used in preschool through 6th grade.
  • A total of $14,000 will allow 75 Marshalltown teachers to be able to attend a 7-hour computer science workshop held on a weekend this fall or winter. This will be for teachers at all grade levels in the district.

Marshalltown Schools Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson said this grant will continue the effort to provide more coding and 21st Century learning for our students.

“We have a lot of computer science programming going on now,” Dr. Stevenson said. “This is a way to give more teachers and students access to it.”

For more information on the funding from the state for this program, click here.