A graphic featuring the logo and two photos from the Future Ready Iowa: Transforming Education for the Workforce Summit.

Registration Opens for 2021 Future Ready Iowa: Transforming Education for the Workforce Summit

Registration is now open for the 2021 statewide Future Ready Iowa Summit focused on “Transforming Education for the Workforce” to be held on September 16, 2021, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

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Cover of report entitled "Building on Iowa's Vision for Computer Science Education"

Amplifying the "T" in STEM

Folks at the Iowa Capitol get it: computer science is right there with reading, writing and arithmetic when it comes to essentials for thriving in modern society. Whether at work, at home or at play, computer technology permeates every aspect of our lives.
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Storytime STEM-packs is one of twelve STEM Scale-Up Programs that will be implemented in classrooms across Iowa this fall.

STEM Scale-Up Program to Open a World of Possibility for 113,000+ Students This Fall

Now in its tenth year, more than 113,000 Iowa students will benefit from STEM Scale-Up Programming with nearly 2,000 educators across the state implementing the newly selected programs for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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West Branch High School Science Teacher Kristen Westpheling is completing a summer STEM Teacher Externship at Vectronic Aerospac

STEM Teachers Gain Valuable Summer Workplace Experience

Following a year of shutdowns and remote work scenarios, the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program has rebounded with 70 teacher externs partnering with local workplaces across Iowa to gain authentic work experiences that will translate into classroom instruction and career preparation.  
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New logos for STEM Scale-Up Program, the STEM BEST Program, the STEM Teacher Externship Program and the Iowa STEM Teacher Award.

STEM Council Launches Program Logos

“The success of Iowa’s STEM programs has earned them each a recognizable brand.
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Graduates from the STEM Council’s STEM BEST Program models across Iowa cited these “lasting impressions” of their involvement.

Return on Investment for STEM BESTs

"STEM BEST has provided me the skills and techniques necessary to handle a large variety of problems in my life, as well as improved my social skills.

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Students and families can take part in exciting STEM activities throughout summer.

Enjoy Summertime with STEM

There are many STEM opportunities available this summer to engage minds in learning while having fun. The STEM Council Network Team offers a variety of virtual and in-person, hands-on learning opportunities, including the upcoming events below:

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Richardson Elementary in Fort Madison receives computer science instruction through Computer Science is Elementary project.

Richardson Elementary Advances Computer Science Despite Pandemic

In 2019, 12 high-poverty schools were selected to transform their schools into models of innovative computer science instruction by the close of the 2020-21 school year.

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Roger Hargens, former STEM Council co-chair, provides remarks at the 2019 STEM Day at the State Fair.

Save the Date for Upcoming STEM Events

Every year, the STEM Council hosts various events that engage Iowans and advance STEM initiatives across the state. Last year, in-person events were reimagined out of caution and safety measures.

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Diane Young has been appointed STEM Council co-chair to serve alongside Governor Reynolds.

New Co-Chair to Champion STEM Council

Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Foundation Analytical Laboratory Owner and Director of Technical Services, Diane Young, to serve as the next
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