Iowa educators work with new STEM Scale-Up program, National STEM League: TEN80

The race is on: STEM Scale-Up Professional Development accelerates across the state

This month marks the start for dozens of STEM Scale-Up program trainings for a couple of thousand PreK through 12 educators ready to teach, prepare and inspire more than 100,000 young Iowan minds with new STEM skills and projects.

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Pat Barnes

MVP for Iowa STEM: Pat Barnes

John Deere Inspire’s Pat Barnes has also inspired the STEM Council from day one through the development of the initiative to its widespread success throughout Iowa.

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Hiawatha Elementary students plant raised beds as a part the "Agriculture in the Classroom" program

Four more programs earn the STEM Council Seal of Approval

In June the STEM Council endorsed four more STEM programs in Iowa with the Seal of Approval that continues to recognize great STEM programming happening organically across the state.

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Iowa's STEM Council co-chair Mary Andringa is recognized by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

STEM Culture of Excellence: Andringa Legacy

Ben Franklin advised that if we want something done, it’s best to ask a busy person. Governor Branstad acted on that advice in 2013 by approaching Mary Andringa to co-chair the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council alongside Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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Student panelists discuss STEM effort at the 12th STEM Council

STEM Council draws FY2015 to close, kicks of FY2016 with flare

The 12th meeting of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council began with closing the books on end-of-fiscal-year business to begin anew for the innovative and exciting developments to come in the year ahead for STEM in Iowa.

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STEM Council Executive Committe Member Rob Denson speaks in Ankeny

BEST practices in business-education partnerships paid forward

No more “take a seat” or “open your textbooks.” Instead, “get to work” is what students can look forward to when they enter STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) classrooms popping up across Iowa thanks to partnerships driven by the STEM Council.

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Iowa educators attend a Teacher Externship orientation

Walls between school and work tumble down with Teacher Externships

With an adventurous spirit that would rival Magellan, nearly 40 educators throughout Iowa will cross cultural boundaries into the world of commerce this summer, applying their skills and updating their understanding of how their school subjects apply to life beyond the classroom wall.

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Pekin Community High School students earn certification through the Microsoft IT Academy

Business and education share demand for Microsoft IT Academy

Both businesses and educators agree that developing skills with the Microsoft Office suite will lead to success in the future offices of Iowa businesses.

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STEM Scale-Up evaluation informs STEM Council

While the 2014-2015 implementation of STEM Scale-Up Programs winds down, evaluators are winding up to capture effects across a thousand educators and one-hundred thousand youth.

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Hy-Vee hots teacher-extern, Cindy Percival

MVP for Iowa STEM: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Iowa STEM’s success in building a talented workforce pipeline is a credit, in part, to the strong support from Iowa’s business and industry sector. Whether through time, talent or treasures, the STEM Council’s corporate partners play a critical role in the sustainability of these efforts.

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