STEM BEST Program

Woodbine is Connecting Students and Business Early On

As one of thirteen most recently awarded STEM BEST models, Woodbine Community School District and its community partners understand the value of engaging students with businesses. They provide their students with a unique opportunity to interact with local businesses through their STEM BEST Lunch Guest Program. 

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Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council operations center student assistants

Student Staff Fill Big Shoes for Iowa

The efforts of capable student assistants at the STEM Council operations center, headquartered at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), help support myriad high-profile programs throughout the year.

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STEM Gem

Posterized Iowans Inspire Classrooms

Enacting a directive of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals, the operations team annually seeks out dynamic role models to carry the banner of STEM Gem to students throughout the State. The project began in 2009 with a science teacher and a naturalist presenting compelling examples for where STEM can lead.

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STEM Day at the Capitol

STEM Council Progress Highlighted at State Capitol

Approximately 200 Iowans showcased their contributions to STEM through 32 in-school and out-of-school displays in the Iowa Capitol Rotunda for STEM Day at the Capitol on February 13. The displays included STEM Scale-Up Program Providers, STEM BEST Program Partners, STEM Seal of Approval awardees, Iowa STEM Network Hub Institutions, youth agencies, nonprofits and more.

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award

Honoring the 2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Recipients

The 2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients were recognized during STEM Day at the Capitol. In her remarks Libby Nelson, vice president and general counsel at Kemin Industries, expressed how proud Kemin Industries is to have sponsored the I.O.W.A.

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STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships Summit

STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships Summit Registration Opens

At a press conference on February 27, Gov. Kim Reynolds reaffirmed her vision for preparing Iowans for dynamic careers and lifelong learning by continuing to connect workforce, STEM and workplace partnerships.

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STEM Scale-Up Program

2019-2020 STEM Scale-Up Program Application Closes March 4

What is the STEM Scale-Up Program?

The STEM Scale-Up Program finds some of the state’s and nation’s high-quality programs and delivers them to Iowa educators. Each year, the STEM Council equips thousands of educators with STEM programs that inspire nearly 100,000 Iowa youth.

Ten programs complete the 2019-2020 STEM Scale-Up Program menu, including:

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Computer Science is Elementary

Computer Science is Elementary Project Application Closes March 29

Computational thinking is a new basic skill in the 21 st century. Building a strong foundation early for all students is critical. This will ensure students are well prepared later in their personal and professional lives, including for a dynamic workforce where a growing number of jobs require computational thinking.

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Computer Science is Elementary

Apply Now for Computer Science is Elementary Project Planning Grant

The Computer Science is Elementary project is taking a crucial next step by inviting eligible Iowa schools to apply between January 22 and March 29, 2019, for $50,000 one-time planning grants.

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STEM Innovation Fund Awardees

STEM Innovation Fund Awards Four Stellar STEM Programs

Through private-sector support, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has awarded seed funding through the Iowa STEM Innovation Fund to four exemplary programs to potentially scale their STEM efforts across the state. The STEM Innovation Fund supports STEM programming across the state to develop programs of promise for inspiring and engaging youth in STEM activities and careers.

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