STEM Scale Up Programs for 2012-2013

General Overview of STEM Scale Up Programs

A World in Motion (AWIM)

Description: AWIM provides mathematics, science and technology curriculum and professional development to increase student performance, engagement and interest K-12 school students.
Contact: Chris Ciuca, SAE Foundation
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The CASE for Agriculture Education in Iowa

Description: CASE (Curriculum for Agriscience Education) hopes to increase STEM awareness and rigor and relevance of agriculture, food and natural resource subject matter through teacher professional development, student exposure to technology and a curriculum padded with 21st century skills, critical thinking and practice opportunities.
Contact: Joshua Remington, Executive Director, Iowa FFA Foundation
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Corridor STEM Initiative (CSI) - Engineering is Elementary (EiE)

Description: CSI intends to increase the number of Iowa students that enter and succeed in the Iowa workforce by engaging students in exciting, inquiry-based, hands-on STEM programs that extend the classroom learning experiences.
Contact: Jim Thornton, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
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Fabulous Resources in Energy Education (FREE)

Description: FREE allows anyone willing to educate about energy to borrow materials to teach about energy efficiency, energy basics, solar and wind energy, and hydrogen fuel cells.
Contact: Pat Higby, Energy Education & Outreach Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa
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FIRST LEGO League

Description: LEGO robotics competition for children creates an environment where young people discover the fun in STEM while building self-confidence, know-how and valuable employment and life skills.
Contact: Camille Sloan Schroeder, ISU Engineering K-12 Outreach, Iowa State University
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FIRST Tech Challenge

Description: FTC is a challenging exploration of real‐world problems using robotics and STEM concepts (i.e. computer programming, center of gravity, trigonometry, algorithms, calculus).
Contact: Rebecca Whitaker, Director, K‐12 Outreach, College of Engineering, University of Iowa
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HyperStream - Technology Hub for Iowa's Students

Description: HyperStream is a program that partners education and business, combines a career awareness initiative with hands-on, real-world tech projects that students choose and develop.
HyperStream is very focused on the project-based learning approach that education is prominently promoting moving forward.
Contact: Tamera Kenworthy, Program Manager, Techonology Association of Iowa
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iExploreSTEM

(To be administered by each STEM Regional Manager. NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL SCALE-UP.)
Description: iExploreSTEM is a series of coordinated free, hands-on, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) festivals that have the look and feel of a street fair or county fair planned to be held annually throughout the State. With the assistance of the iExploreSTEM team, communities will build local partnerships representing a diversity of stakeholders to produce a local STEM festival scaled to the resources of the community.
Contact: Gina C. Schatteman, Faculty Emeritus, University of Iowa
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KidWind

Description: The KidWind Challenge program in Iowa works with educators using WindWise Education curriculum in PD workshops, engages students in design and creates STEM interest and understanding at challenges or events, and connects teachers and students to careers related to wind power at the events.
Contact: Jason Martin-Hiner, Science Improvement Facilitator, KidWind WindSenator, Keystone AEA
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Partnership for Engineering and Educational Resources for Schools (PEERS)

Description: PEERS, a business-guided program divided into four implementation levels for students (exposure, experience, mentoring, and potential employment), is geared to increase awareness of STEM careers and to increase the number of engineering and technology majors and professionals in the state.
Contact: Martin Wesemann, Director of Advanced Technology, Pella Corporation - PEERS
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Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation and Exploration)

Description: Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation, and Exploration) is a STEM-based curricular intervention that integrates academic and vocational opportunities designed to connect minority and low socioeconomic middle school students to the health science professionals early in their education including a curriculum designed for 8th grade science, career or social studies classes, teacher/counselor training, and parent workshops.
Contact: Saba Ali, Associate Professor, University of Iowa
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State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa

Description: The SSTFI serves as a place where student researchers meet with professional researchers and communicate their findings from their own research or engineering projects and communicate their understanding of the research process.
Contact: Andrea B. Spencer, State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa
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