Iowa receives $1.2 million federal STEM grant

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced this month that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to an evaluative consortium assembled by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Executive Director Jeff Weld. The consortium comprises the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), The Center for Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Iowa (UI), and the Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE) at Iowa State University (ISU). Entitled “Iowa STEM Education Evaluation (I-SEE): Navigating the Iowa STEM Roadmap,” the proposed plan is to build a coordinated statewide evaluation system that comprehensively assesses the educational and economic changes that occur throughout a long-term statewide STEM initiative. Iowa’s model will then be disseminated to other states implementing STEM. State STEM Evaluation is a new category within the research-evaluation-technical assistance (RETA) aspect of the NSF’s Math-Science Partnership (MSP) program. Iowa is the first to be given an award of this kind.