Governor's STEM Advisory Council Launches Scale-Up Program Request for Proposals for 2014-2015

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Call for Proposals for Year Three STEM Scale-Up Programming Released

 

(December 10, 2013) CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has released an invitation for 2014-2015 STEM Scale-Up program proposals that have demonstrated success in increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The chosen programs will be on a menu of options presented to educators beginning in March 2014 for implementation in 2014-15.

This is the third year for Scale-Up programming in Iowa, and proposals will undergo a review process to identify and approve a focused pool of programs for the designation of “Scalable STEM programs”. These programs will be made available to all areas of the state through the Council’s Regional STEM Network.

“The programs that have been implemented in the last two years have brought a vast coverage in quality STEM education across the state,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council alongside Vermeer Corporation CEO Mary Andringa. “The programs identified through this year’s proposal process will continue to add to the rich variety of options provided through scale-up in Iowa.”

The STEM Scale-Up programs are targeted for scalability and sustainability throughout Iowa and will be scored from an extensive rubric. The application period for Scale-Up program providers is open now through January 20, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

“The Council has tasked us with selecting the best of the best in STEM curriculum and programming to bring to Iowa students,” explains Jeff Weld, executive director, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “We now look toward the future of these Scale-Up programs to sustain them in and out of the classroom. The programs chosen are outstanding representations of STEM education done right. Through Scale-Up programming, we intend to bring every STEM learner in Iowa innovative and exciting opportunities to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Programs eligible for scale-up must provide evidence of successfully meeting Council goals and criteria for scalability. The most competitive proposals, which will come from academic institutions, nonprofit organizations or the private sector, will be those that are clearly evidence-based and well-planned. 

The application can be found at https://iowastem.fluidreview.com/ and must be submitted by 5:00 pm on January 20, 2014. For more information, please contact Jeff Weld, executive director, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at info@iowastem.gov.