“Making STEM Connections” in and out of classrooms

Making STEM Connections at Milford Memorial Library

STEM learning often takes place beyond school classrooms. Other outstanding venues where kids learn STEM include museums, camping trips with their scout troop, at the zoo or on a 4-H outing and certainly among the book stacks at libraries. Read more about “Making STEM Connections” in and out of classrooms

STEM BEST® Partners triple in two years

STEM BEST Juniors and Seniors

Around this same time in 2014, the STEM Council first welcomed the inaugural five STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Partners to the team. Read more about STEM BEST® Partners triple in two years

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Calling all Iowa workplaces: Host a summer Iowa STEM Teacher Extern

Connecting schools and businesses is one of the main goals of the STEM Council. Whether that business is a global manufacturer or a rural service supplier, the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships program unites the producers of talent (schools) with the employers of talent (business and industry) for mutual benefit. Read more about Calling all Iowa workplaces: Host a summer Iowa STEM Teacher Extern

Iowans line up for lines of code

Whether it is one line, one hour or a year-long journey into coding, schools and organizations across Iowa are preparing for another year of Code Iowa. Read more about Iowans line up for lines of code

Iowa STEM Teacher Externs to bring workplace to classroom this fall

Eric Grabe at Pella Corporation

“This test consists of cycling a damaged window through a series of positive and negative pressures that replicate the conditions of a hurricane moving in and out of the area,” said Eric Grabe, physics and computer teacher at Newton Senior High School, working this summer at Pella Corporation in Pella. Read more about Iowa STEM Teacher Externs to bring workplace to classroom this fall

Hundreds trained at summer professional development through the STEM Scale-Up Program

Waterloo training for Making STEM Connections

About one-sixth of Iowa’s K-12 students are about to experience the best of STEM at the hands of nearly 1,700 educators trained at more than 60 STEM Scale-Up Program professional development workshops this summer and fall. Read more about Hundreds trained at summer professional development through the STEM Scale-Up Program

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Let the match-making begin: Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Iowa STEM Teacher Externships match-meeting at Lennox Industries

“Nobody knows what we do,” said an Ames manufacturer of hydrostatic transmissions, “despite the fact that we ship product around the world.” Read more about Let the match-making begin: Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Outstanding STEM teachers honored at Terrace Hill

Iowa has been known as “a place to grow” and “life-changing” but to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council – thanks to the vision and investment of Kemin Industries—I.O.W.A. Read more about Outstanding STEM teachers honored at Terrace Hill

STEM Council’s signature STEM Scale-Up Program nets results

Tulips and daffodils are not the only things blooming this spring across Iowa—better test scores and higher interest have blossomed among more than 100,000 young learners who have taken part in one of 14 current STEM projects awarded to educators in and out of school this year through the STEM Scale-Up Program. Read more about STEM Council’s signature STEM Scale-Up Program nets results

Rocket Manufacturing launches STEM BEST to new heights

students from Rock Valley Community School District learning from STEM Best model

Don’t be fooled by the name. Rocket Manufacturing doesn’t build rockets—at least not yet. For now, the program at Rock Valley High School operates as one of Iowa’s STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) models that build powerful school+business partnerships in communities across the state. Read more about Rocket Manufacturing launches STEM BEST to new heights