Active Programs and Committees

Below is a listing of current Iowa STEM programs and committees:

ACTIVE PROGRAMS  (Does not include a constellation of activities going on within STEM Network regions by our managers)

IT Academy 
Kemin STEM Teaching Award 
Hour of Code
STEM Endorsement
STEM Classrooms
STEM Festivals - (Northeast Fests, for example -
STEM Teacher Externships
STEM-CAPS  STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers)
STEM Messaging campaign
Business Engagement Toolkit
Major STEM Events (Midwest STEM Forum, STEM @ State Fair, STEM @ Capitol, STEM Annual Conference)
STEM Evaluation


Business Development, Carrie Rankin
Ag. Science support, Rachel Hurley
Computer Science support, Mark Gruwell, co-chair
Broadband for Iowa, John Carver
Community College STEM Network, Jeff Weld
Four-year College STEM Network, Jeff Weld
Engaging Counselors, parents, Rob Denson and Bill Ruud
Seal of Approval, Jordan Lampe
STEM Support of Arts, David Barajas & Tim Bower & Steve Triplett
STEM Active Learning Community - Deb Dunkhase ( )
CAPS Review and Selection, Kristine Bullock
STEM Volunteer Service - Jeff Beneke

(Conference planning- admin team)
(Website re-design - Molly Faber and Angel Mendez)
(Scale-Up planning - Sarah Derry )
(Regional STEM Network Team - admin team)


The Governor's STEM Advisory Council identified targeted areas supporting the goals listed in the Governor's Executive Order 74. These priorities address the most pressing challenges facing STEM education in the state of Iowa. Listed below are those priorities and the team members who have volunteered to work on these areas. Also listed are "Innovation Focus" proposals recommended by Council subgroups. These particular areas of focus have been wisely researched and are offered to the Council as areas needing further exploration. If you would like to make suggestions or contribute to these groups, click here to send an email.


1. Top Priority – Student Interest and Achievement
           - Innovation Focus - STEM Scale-Up Programs 

2. Technology Enhanced Instruction for Global Learning 
          - Innovation Focus - Broadband

3. STEM Teacher Recruitment and Preparation 
         - Innovation Focus - STEM Endorsements
         - Innovation Focus - Criterion for STEM PD 

4. STEM Learner Readiness for Post-Secondary Education and Career 
        - Innovation Focus - STEM Schools and Classrooms
        - Innovation Focus - Out-of-School Network-Active Learning 

5. STEM Education Policy

6. Public Awareness of the Importance of STEM Education for the Economy and Society 

7. Public/Private Partnerships and Mapping STEM Education to Economic Development

8. STEM for ALL - High Potential, Under-Represented, and Nontraditional