Call for applications
STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Program Scale-Up across Iowa
Dear STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Educator,
Supporting your work in bringing quality STEM learning opportunities to Iowa youth, we offer the following new program. In July 2011, Governor Branstad signed Executive Order #74, which formed the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. A top priority of the Council is to help improve learner interest and achievement in STEM areas. To help meet this goal, twelve STEM programs were selected through a competitive process to be “scaled-up” in Iowa. Our state has been divided into six regions each headquartered by a “Hub.” Each Hub houses a Regional Manager and an Advisory Board, and it is their job to get these great programs into the hands of educators and learners within their regions.
The scale-up programs will be awarded to local educators, both formal and informal, on a competitive basis. A brief application follows. [Please note this is not a monetary grant application. All financial arrangements are taken care of by the Regional Managers.] A scoring rubric follows the application, for your information.
Briefly, the programs span elementary, middle and high school levels; many can be implemented during the school day while several of the others are best suited for before or after-school programs; some programs provide either stipends for teachers/coaches or curriculum materials or both; and many of the programs also provide a level of training related to the provided materials.
The application deadline is September 14, 2012. Selected applicants will be notified by October 1, 2012, and can immediately commence implementation.
- Eligible applicants include public and private school K-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals and others who deliver STEM education programming.
- Click here for a menu of available programs.
- Click here for a map of Iowa’s STEM Regions, Hubs and Managers.
- Click here for a copy of the Scoring Rubric for Scale-up Applications.
If you have questions about the program, please contact your Regional Manager. Additional information about this Scale-Up program and other aspects of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council may be accessed at www.IowaSTEM.gov.
Please help us spread awareness of this program throughout your professional network.
Jay Staker, Acting North Central Regional STEM Manager
James Hoelscher, Northeast STEM Regional (interim) Manager
Dr. Kris A. Kilibarda, South Central STEM Regional Manager
Beth Kulow, Southwest STEM Regional Manager
Kari Webb, Northwest STEM Regional Manager
Rebecca Whitaker, Southeast STEM Regional (interim) Manager
Jeffrey Weld, Executive Director, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
2012-13 Scale-up of Exemplary STEM Program for Local Eductors
Overview: The top priority for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is to improve interest and achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for learners throughout the state. The mechanism for doing this will be to grow proven programs through a STEM Network of six regions managed by regional hubs. The twelve eligible programs may be viewed www.IowaSTEM.gov. The six Iowa STEM regions and their corresponding hubs and managers may be viewed at http://www.iowastem.gov/hubs/.
Public and private school K-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, and others who deliver STEM education programming are invited to submit applications for bringing one or more of these programs to local schools, clubs, informal learning centers and other educational entities. Costs are borne by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for selected applicants. No cost sharing is required in the first year. Eligible educators will work closely with the Regional Manager to scale up programs within their regions.
Application deadline: September 14, 2012. Notification date: October 1, 2012. Completion date: May 31, 2013.