Statewide grant leads to new Computer Science classes at Lenihan


Lenihan Intermediate School fifth graders Thomas Lian, left, and Alex Sanders work on coding during a new Computer Science class at the school recently.

A statewide grant has led to a new Computer Science class underway for all fifth and sixth graders at Lenihan Intermediate School in Marshalltown.

The classes are taught by Amanda Miller who said they are using curriculum through, which includes educational, fun and creative programs that students can learn.

“Coding projects will be part of science and math by the end of this year, and students will demonstrate them at our coding showcase at the end of the year,” Miller said.

Lenihan fifth grader Thomas Lian said he likes the class because he has a strong interest in technology.

“You can do anything,” he said.

Miller said this curriculum also works with the diverse student population at Lenihan.

“ has translations of the site for newcomer students and multicultural videos that show people of different backgrounds in Computer Science jobs, which I think is really important for our diverse student population,” Miller said.

Lenihan was one of 12 schools in the state to receive the Computer Science is Elementary grant. Read more about the grant at this link.


Berlynn Janssen, left,  and Kate Sandvick



Teacher Amanda Miller


Stacey Cervantes