Computer Science

Celebrate 2022 CS Ed Week!

Elementary Twitter

Computer Science Education Week ( is celebrated the first week of December to help promote computer science amongst students, parents, communities and organizations.

This year, we’re proud to have partnered with educators, community leaders, and business professionals to develop statewide resources for CS Ed Week!


Please visit for resources and events to celebrate December 5th through the 11th, 2022. We invite you to share your experiences using #CSEdWeek and #CS4IA on social media.


CS4IA logo with phrase a byte of the future

The AEA Comp Sci Statewide Team is proud to have worked with a statewide team of educators, business professionals, and community leaders to develop resources for the 2022 Computer Science Education Week.

The links below provide access to quick computer science activities and resources to help you plan for the week. These are excellent resources if you’re not sure how to get started.



This Comp Sci Dashboard provides access to a carefully curated variety of computer science education resources in one, filterable location or based on grade level.

What is Computer Science?

Iowa defines computer science as understanding how and why

 technologies work, exploring whether and how technology could solve real-life problems, investigating procedures, creating solutions, and learning about computing systems, programming, data, networks and the effects on society and the individual. Learning computer science means learning how to create new technologies, rather than simply using them.

CS Practices and Core ConceptsIt is the vision of the state of Iowa that all Iowa students will engage in the concepts and practices of computer science through an intentional progression of experiences in order to prepare them to become enterprising citizens that positively impact society.

This vision is accomplished through the CSTA and Iowa standards that weave the Core Practices throughout the Core Concepts. You can find more about computer science in Iowa on the Iowa Department of Education website.

K-12 Computer Science Framework

Computer Science Standards (CSTA)

Heartland AEA Computer Science Overview + Resources

Heartland AEA is committed to supporting schools as they work to implement the Iowa Core Computer Science Standards. Area schools should contact a member of the Heartland AEA Computer Science Team for support. 

Important Contacts

ExpandClose All
Dahl Marisa

Marisa Dahl

  • Digital Learning Consultant

Districts: Ames, Ankeny, Ballard, Boone, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, Gilbert, Madrid, Nevada, Ogden, Roland-Story, Saydel, United, Urbandale

Delaney Ashley 9539B9B7E7E05

Ashley Delaney

  • Curriculum Consultant-Science

Early Childhood & Elementary Consultant

Angela Dvorak

Angela Dvorak

  • Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant

Districts served: Adel-Desoto-Minburn, Dallas Center-Grimes, Perry, Van Meter, Waukee, Woodward-Granger

Tyler Hellmann

Tyler Hellmann

  • Digital Learning Consultant

Districts: Baxter, Bondurant-Farrar, Colfax-Mingo, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, North Polk, PCM, S.E. Polk

Alicia Patten

Alicia Patten

  • Teacher Librarian Consultant
Diane Royer

Diane Royer

  • Curriculum Consultant-Math

Districts: Adair-Casey, Audubon, Carroll, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Earlham, Exira-EHK, Glidden-Ralston, Guthrie Center, Panorama, West Central Valley, Winterset

Susan Schrader

Susan Schrader

  • Director of Resources & Library Services
Janelle Thompson

Janelle Thompson

  • Curriculum Consultant-Reading

Districts: Johnston, West Des Moines

WichmanAmy DSC 8203 AF506907FEAE5

Amy Wichman

  • Director of Instructional Services

Computer Science