What is the Governor's STEM Advisory Council?
Created in July 2011 by Executive Order 74, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a partnership of business, policy and education leaders from across the state convening to bolster STEM education and innovation and better position Iowa's young people and the state's economy for the future. The Council is co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa's President Benjamin Allen. The executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is Dr. Jeff Weld, who was the director of the former Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP). The office is headquartered at the University of Northern Iowa.
What is STEM?
STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are vital for thriving in the 21st century whether managing STEM-based decisions of daily life or pursuing STEM careers.
In today's complex world teachers, students, parents and communities need to understand how the STEM fields are the basis for innovative problem-solving and discovery which are best acquired through exploratory learning and active student engagement.
Source: Iowa Workforce and Economic Development Status Report - January 2012, Iowa Workforce Development.