Schools Receiving STEM Scale-Up Programs Announced

(June 21, 2013; Cedar Falls, Iowa) – Today the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council released the list of 987 schools, museums, clubs and other educational organizations that will deliver STEM Scale-Up Programs to their students during the 2013-2014 school year. More than 92,833 PreK-12 students across the state will have the opportunity to take part in one (or more) of nine exemplary STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs selected through a competitive review process by the Council.

Thanks to a $4.7 million appropriation that was approved during this year’s Iowa Legislative session, the Council is able to offer these programs for a second year. The State’s investment is being leveraged by cost-sharing on the part of programmers and recipients.

“We introduced STEM Scale-Up programs for 2012-2013 and 38,000 Iowa school children were introduced to new ways to explore math and science in their worlds," said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Co-Chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “For many students, it was the first time they had access to such resources.”

“Thanks to the successful roll-out and partnerships between schools, STEM regional managers and STEM programming providers, this year over 100,000 school children will arrive at ‘aha’ moments that the STEM subjects can best provide  - one of the nine programs will expand region-wide in four of six regions, engaging thousands of additional youth. Having access to a top quality STEM education will assure that every young Iowan has the chance for strong post-secondary preparation and the choice to pursue a high-demand and good paying job in STEM," she said.

This is the second year this ambitious scale-up model has been implemented in Iowa to disseminate STEM programs to all areas of the state. By researching numerous successful STEM programs, nine STEM education programs were selected by an expert review panel based on demonstrated success in increasing student interest and achievement in STEM and the flexibility to be implemented in any size community.

“We are privileged again with the opportunity to offer Iowa’s youth these programs,” said Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “We thank this year’s legislative leaders for again endorsing STEM as a roadmap to Iowa’s economic future."

These awards are not “grants” in the traditional sense as no money is given to the school or organization that is hosting the programming. Rather, educators sign up to have the program delivered to their class or club. 

The STEM education programs are managed through the Council’s network of six regional STEM hubs, each led by a regional manager, with guidance from regional advisory boards. 

For a list of the 2013-2014 STEM Scale-Up Programs from which educators applied, click here.

For a list of the schools and organizations awarded 2013-2014 STEM Scale-Up programs, click here.

 

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About the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council: Formed in 2011, the Council is a 40-member, public-private partnership dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information, go to www.IowaSTEM.gov.

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