Students from Okoboji Middle School share about their workplace experiences, lessons and ambitions through the STEM BEST Program No Boundaries at the 25th STEM Advisory Council meeting at Accumold in Ankeny.

What Do You Get From 70 STEM Leaders in a Room?

Inspiration. Evidence. Ideas. Future vision. Those were the outcomes of the 25th meeting of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council held in Ankeny on April 20. The setting, a global precision micro-molding manufacturer, Accumold, symbolized the economic opportunities and fulfilling careers ahead for students of STEM.

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Students from Hawthorne Elementary School in Keokuk who participated in the STEM Scale-Up Program Robot Investigations with Finch Robot reported more confidence with new technology and increased interest in computer science and robotics.

Keokuk Students Grow with Computer Science

Each year, STEM Scale-Up Program evaluation data indicates positive impact in students’ test scores, in interest in STEM subjects and in pursuing STEM careers.

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The Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) Battle of the Bridges earned the STEM Council Seal of Approval for their success in advancing STEM principles in Iowa.

Battle of the Bridges Stamped with Seal of Approval

Another Iowa program earned the STEM Council Seal of Approval for their effort to enculturate, sustain and spread STEM thinking across the state. The Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) Battle of the Bridges is an annual event held at the Putnam Museum in Davenport where teams compete to build the most efficient bridge.

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Statewide demand for STEM Council programming reached record levels and STEM partners delivered with additional support to further reach to and impact on youth in Iowa.

STEM Council Programming Extended Thanks to Private Investments

The 2022-2023 year has proven to be one of outstanding demand and need for the Iowa STEM Council’s programming and resources to educators and students across Iowa. Even with the generous bi-partisan legislative support provided for this fiscal year, the demand for ALL of our STEM educational programs has far exceeded the resources available.

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