The 2019 Iowa STEM Teacher Award recipients were honored at STEM Day at the Capitol last February.

Wanted: Outstanding STEM Teachers for Recognition

Iowa has many outstanding and dedicated educators. Most Iowans can likely recall a teacher who inspired STEM learning and a future of innovative thinking. Nominations are now being accepted to recognize those teachers with the Iowa STEM Teacher Award.

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Iowa STEM Teacher Awardee Rhonda McCarthy shared a lesson about growing plants in space for STEM Day at the Fair.

Nothing Compares to Virtual STEM Day at the Fair

Earlier this summer, the Iowa State Fair Board voted to postpone the 2020 Iowa State Fair until August 12-22, 2021. In order to protect the health and safety of nearly one million expected fair goers, the Iowa State Fair was entirely virtual this year.

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The seventh convening of the Midwest STEM Forum was held virtually with 33 thought-leaders in STEM from ten states and regions.

Iowa Convenes Midwest STEM Leaders

The need for inter-state collaboration in STEM was identified shortly after Iowa’s STEM Council was established.

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Roger Hargens’ passion for STEM helped solidify bipartisan legislative support at STEM Day at the Capitol.

Farewell Roger Hargens, STEM Council Co-Chair

On June 22, 2020 Roger Hargens, President and CEO of Accumold co-presided over his final meeting of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s Executive Committee. Appointed co-chair alongside Governor Reynolds in August, 2017, Mr.

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Fostering Equity in the STEM Classroom Workshop

Improving Equity in STEM Teaching and Learning

The year 2020 has offered many opportunities for reflection, learning and growth.

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STEM Scale-Up Program Virtual Professional Development Training

Scale-Up Training Pivots Virtual

As educators across Iowa prepare for the upcoming school year, more than 1,000 teachers and informal educators are taking part in professional development training to implement STEM Scale-Up Programs this fall.

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2020 STEM Teacher Externship Forum

Externships Power Through the Pandemic

Nearly 100 STEM Teacher Externs, extern mentors, STEM team members and former, current and prospective workplace hosts gathered virtually for the 2020 STEM Teacher Externship Forum earlier this month.

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Dr. Aris Winger facilitated a virtual workshop focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in Iowa STEM classrooms.

Iowa STEM teachers immerse in Equity

One hundred K-to-college educators recently virtually convened to participate in the Fostering Equity in the STEM Classroom professional development presented by the Governor’s Advisory STEM Council.

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Industrial Technology Teacher John Doornenbal is a 2020 STEM Teacher Extern at Interstates in Sioux Center.

Work-Based Learning for Teachers – Summer Externships

John Doornenbal, an industrial technology teacher at Sioux Center High School, is spending six weeks of his summer as a STEM Teacher Extern for Interstates, an electrical automation company in Sioux Center.

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Five working groups are convening virtually to make recommendations to the Council for shaping the future of STEM in Iowa.

Shaping the Future of STEM

Working groups have historically incubated actions of the STEM Council, including why and how we build a network, crafted the STEM Scale-Up Program, imagined the STEM BEST Program, launched the Innovation Fund, Seal of Approval and more.

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