The race is on: STEM Scale-Up Professional Development accelerates across the state

Iowa educators work with new STEM Scale-Up program, National STEM League: TEN80

This month marks the start for dozens of STEM Scale-Up program trainings for a couple of thousand PreK through 12 educators ready to teach, prepare and inspire more than 100,000 young Iowan minds with new STEM skills and projects. Read more about The race is on: STEM Scale-Up Professional Development accelerates across the state

Four more programs earn the STEM Council Seal of Approval

Hiawatha Elementary students plant raised beds as a part the "Agriculture in the Classroom" program

In June the STEM Council endorsed four more STEM programs in Iowa with the Seal of Approval that continues to recognize great STEM programming happening organically across the state.

Since the Seal of Approval’s launch in March, a committee of the STEM Council has reviewed and approved nine programs, including the four recently added: Read more about Four more programs earn the STEM Council Seal of Approval

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

Walls between school and work tumble down with Teacher Externships

Iowa educators attend a Teacher Externship orientation

With an adventurous spirit that would rival Magellan, nearly 40 educators throughout Iowa will cross cultural boundaries into the world of commerce this summer, applying their skills and updating their understanding of how their school subjects apply to life beyond the classroom wall. Read more about Walls between school and work tumble down with Teacher Externships

STEM Scale-Up program sets sail into year four

Lewis Central Middle School students use STEM Scale-Up program, "Engineering is Elementary"

Nearly 3,000 educators throughout Iowa will take the lead on engaging more than 100,000 young learners with top STEM Scale-Up programs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each year, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council evenly distributes STEM programming across all six STEM regions, powered by $3.1 million of the annual STEM appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. Read more about STEM Scale-Up program sets sail into year four

New pathway for partnerships: STEM Council's Seal of Approval

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently added a new recognition system to the Iowa STEM toolbox, referred to as the STEM Council's Seal of Approval, which recognizes the great STEM happening organically across Iowa. Read more about New pathway for partnerships: STEM Council's Seal of Approval

Behind the Curtain: Scale-Up in Iowa STEM

Cowles Montessori Elemntary School students expirement with STEM Scale-Up programs

Professionals, the saying goes, make the difficult look easy. The people behind the scenes, bringing top-notch STEM to thousands of educators and 10 times more youth across Iowa, navigate many potholes in the process. Read more about Behind the Curtain: Scale-Up in Iowa STEM

Outstanding STEM Educators Recognized with Inaugural Award

Teacher Kacia Cain, recieves South Central STEM regions Education award for Inspired Teaching

Iowa’s STEM Advisory Council partnered this year with Kemin Industries to seek out and recognized six of the best STEM teachers in Iowa. It was a monumental task, given all of the superior educators across our state. The highly-competitive award brought in more than 150 applications from across the state. Read more about Outstanding STEM Educators Recognized with Inaugural Award

PowerTeaching Math scales to power excitement for the “M” in STEM

 Seventh grade Kinglsey-Pierson Middle School students

Creating student-centered classrooms is at the heart of STEM. Fortunately, several thousand classrooms and out-of-school environments will experience this type of learning through Iowa’s STEM Scale-Up Program. Read more about PowerTeaching Math scales to power excitement for the “M” in STEM

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STEM BEST® Partner: “INSPIRE” at Davenport West High School

“Davenport West High School is working to ensure that the coursework offered is reflective of community needs and meant to graduate students into post-secondary programs that further their manufacturing education, with eventual placement in local jobs that strengthen the industry in the Quad Cities,” said Jennifer Boyd, curriculum specialist for Davenport West High School’s “INSPIRE” program. Read more about STEM BEST® Partner: “INSPIRE” at Davenport West High School

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