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.
“Iowa has many outstanding organizations that provide innovative and inspiring STEM programs and activities for today’s youth. Some of those programs need access to additional resources in order to have an impact beyond their local community. The STEM Innovation Fund helps provide support to local programs of promise for possible scaling across the state and beyond,” said Jeff Weld, Executive Director of the STEM Council.
The STEM Council opened the application for the STEM Innovation Fund to all six Iowa STEM regions in September 2018. After completing the review process, four awardees were selected out of a pool of 20 applicants based on their innovation, scope of work, evaluation metrics, community collaborations and financial sustainability. The 2019 Innovation Fund awardees are:
- Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
- Iowa Tech Chicks
- St. Theresa Catholic School
- University of Iowa Department of Computer Science
STEM Innovation Fund awards are made possible through generous contributions from private-sector partners.
For more information about the STEM Innovation Fund, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/innovation-fund.