Teacher Externs to bring the world of work back to classrooms this fall

Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to Teacher Externs

For teachers, there is no better way to kick off the school year than with a new lesson plan in hand completely inspired by a summer spent chin-deep in the world of business and industry. Read more about Teacher Externs to bring the world of work back to classrooms this fall

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

Student panelists discuss STEM effort at the 12th STEM Council

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. Read more about STEM Council draws FY2015 to close, kicks of FY2016 with flare

BEST practices in business-education partnerships paid forward

STEM Council Executive Committe Member Rob Denson speaks in Ankeny

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. Strategies for success in bridging the business-education chasm were aplenty at the first-of-its-kind STEM BEST event this month. Read more about BEST practices in business-education partnerships paid forward

New look for IowaSTEM.gov

Long a workhorse for the STEM Council, though nothing of a show horse, the venerable, albeit clunky, IowaSTEM.gov website received a makeover. Read more about New look for IowaSTEM.gov

Regional STEM festivals sweep the state

The Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival in Waterloo

Regional STEM managers and their regional advisory boards are hard at work, uniting schools, businesses, nonprofits, higher education institutions, out-of-school educators and entire communities in bringing family STEM festivals to towns and cities across Iowa. Read more about Regional STEM festivals sweep the state

Interest piques at 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Fourth annual Iowa STEM Summit

Symbolic of Iowa's broad-spectrum commitment to STEM education, record-setting attendance at the fourth annual Iowa STEM Summit drew in STEM leaders from eight states, including 13 percent business and economic development, 10 percent public universities, 33 percent preK-12 education, 12 percent private and community colleges, 15 percent nonprofits and informals, 8 percent extension and AEAs, 8 Read more about Interest piques at 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

STEM showcased at the Statehouse

Governor Terry Branstad speaks at the annual STEM Day at the Capitol

With the goal of showing Iowa lawmakers how far STEM in Iowa has come while having quite a distance yet to go, the STEM Council alongside partners in STEM from across Iowa impressed legislators (and each other) with hands-on, interactive and student-focused learning innovations at STEM Day at the Capitol. Read more about STEM showcased at the Statehouse

High yields for Midwest STEM at DuPont Pioneer

Fourth annual Midwest STEM Forum

Befitting a company known for its high-yield seeds, a bountiful harvest of STEM solutions were shared at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston last week, the site of the Midwest STEM Forum. Read more about High yields for Midwest STEM at DuPont Pioneer