Computer Science

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 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

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Marisa Dahl

  • Instructional Technology Consultant

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

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Ashley Delaney

  • Curriculum Consultant-Science

Districts: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Carlisle, Dallas Center-Grimes, Earlham, Indianola, Interstate 35, Johnston, Knoxville, Martensdale-St. Marys, Melcher-Dallas, Norwalk, Pella, Perry, Pleasantville, S.E. Warren, Twin Cedars, Van Meter, Waukee, West Central Valley, West Des Moines, Winterset, Woodward-Granger

Angela Dvorak

Angela Dvorak

  • Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant

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

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Tyler Hellmann

  • Instructional Technology Consultant

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

Alicia Patten

Alicia Patten

  • Teacher Librarian Consultant
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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: Baxter, Bondurant-Farrar, Colfax-Mingo, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, North Polk, PCM, S.E. Polk

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Amy Wichman

  • Director of Instructional Services

Computer Science