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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The ties that bind Iowa STEM

Who across Iowa makes up the fabric of our STEM network? That question is one of the factors being examined by Iowa’s assessment consortium working under the National Science Foundation-funded Iowa STEM Education Evaluation (I-SEE) grant.

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Bill Gelhaus gets hands on during his Teacher Externship expirence.

Seeds of Teacher Externships sown in spring

The most valuable professional development experience they have ever had is how 93 percent of participants describe the STEM Council's Real World Externships for Teachers of mathematics, science and technology.

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Rachel Hurley

MVP for Iowa STEM: Rachel Hurley

Although her role outside the STEM Council has changed in the last few years, Rachel Hurley, an original member of the STEM Council, has not changed in her passion for Iowa STEM.

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