The STEM Council is seeking inspirational stories of STEM impact from the past ten years.

Inspirational Stories Share Decade of Impact

Since the STEM Council was formed in 2011, nearly 1,000,000 students have been impacted by the programs and opportunities. Below are some of those stories from the STEM Council’s decade of impact.
 
Tracy Ferguson, Van Meter Community School District elementary teacher:
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Tips for implementing authentic learning for students through the STEM BEST Program.

Insider Look at Launching a STEM BEST Program

Authentic learning experiences allow students to gain important life skills at an early age, while equipping them for future education and employment opportunities. STEM BEST Program partner, Rachael Strong of North Fayette Valley, worked with Keystone Area Education Agency to develop a video about how to implement authentic learning for students through the STEM BEST Program.
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Any Questions?

STEM BEST Office Hours

The STEM Advisory Council's Project Coordinator, Tanya Hunt, has set aside time to connect with anyone who wants to learn more about the STEM BEST Program. Each week, she will host office hours to discuss topics relevant to STEM BEST and answer any questions. To register, simply select the week of interest and date/time that works best for you.

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Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council

A Decade of Igniting Skills for the Future, Curiosity for Life

The STEM Council is celebrating 10 years of progress toward increased interest and achievement in STEM education for all Iowans. To launch this milestone anniversary, the STEM Council is sharing a video highlighting the growth and evolution of STEM education in Iowa.

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Iowa STEM Evaluation Report

STEM Evaluation Report Indicates Progress and Opportunities

The STEM Council released the 2019-2020 Iowa STEM Evaluation Report, which highlights the statewide impact of STEM Council’s programs on PreK-12 students and teachers across the state. The independent assessment examines eighteen indicators ranging from student interest in STEM, public support of STEM and postsecondary majors and career trends in STEM.

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Students learning about robots

STEM BEST Application Opens

The STEM Council is now accepting applications for the STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) Program, which brings schools and businesses together to provide students with real workplace experiences while earning academic credits. The opportunity is available to Iowa public and non-public school districts and buildings serving students in grades K-12.

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2021 Iowa STEM Teacher Award Recipients

Six Educators Recognized for Outstanding STEM Teaching

Six educators, one from each of the STEM Regions in Iowa, were recently awarded the 2021 Iowa STEM Teacher Award.

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The STEM Advisory Council met in January 2020 to define priorities for the years to come.

STEM Council Vision Sharpened in 2020

January 31, 2020, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council set about defining a course for the years to come. Strategizing commenced with small group discussions as to top priorities on the horizon. Over thirty imperatives were brought forth to be voted on, the highest frequency few to be advanced to action-planning. Five essentials rose to the top:

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STEM Essential Podcast Season 3

Iowa Leaders Star in STEM Essential Podcast: Vaccination, by STEM!

The STEM Council launched the third series of its podcast, STEM Essential. The theme of this series, sponsored by Accumold, is “Vaccination, by STEM!” and features Iowans on the front lines behind developing, distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines.

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STEM Council team members were in the Capitol Rotunda sharing STEM’s return on investment as part of STEM Day at the Capitol.

Sharing Impact at STEM Day at the Capitol

A scaled-back, health-secured STEM Day at the Capitol was held on February 17.

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