About Iowa STEM
Greatness STEMs from Iowans
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Science—Study of the nature of the universe
- Technology—Applying information to the design of goods and services
- Engineering—Application of knowledge for the benefit of humanity
- Mathematics—Universal language of nature
The goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement is critical to regaining Iowa's historic legacy as a leader in education and workforce development. In fact, STEM is a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth in our state. STEM graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs.
Created with the goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement, the STEM Council is a collaboration of bipartisan Iowa legislators, educators, business, nonprofits, students and families focused on improving STEM opportunities and awareness in Iowa.
The STEM Council follows this definition of STEM:
“…an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.”
- Tsupros, N., Kohler, R., & Hallinen, J. (2009). STEM education: A project to identify the missing components. Intermediate Unit 1: Center for STEM Education and Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania.
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a made up of leaders in higher education, business, pre-K through 12 educators, as well as state and local government officials. The STEM Council is led by Governor Kim Reynolds and Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson. The executive director of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is Dr. Jeff Weld.
There are a total of 47 members on the STEM Council, including 17 members that comprise the Executive Committee.
- 2017 Budget
- 2016 Budget
- 2016 Financial Summary
- 2015 Budget
- 2015 Financial Summary
- 2014 Budget
- 2014 Financial Summary
- 2013 Budget
- 2013 Financial Summary
For questions or comments, please contact:
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Operations Center
University of Northern Iowa
214 East Bartlett Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0298
Fax: 319- 273-2779