Recipients of the 2023 Iowa STEM Teacher award were honored at STEM Day at the Fair.

Nominate an Inspiring STEM Teacher for Statewide Recognition

Since 2014, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, now at the Iowa Department of Education, has partnered with Kemin Industries to honor outstanding teachers who inspire a passion for STEM in young Iowans. Now in the tenth year, the Iowa STEM Teacher Award is accepting nominations of deserving teachers through Oct. 10.

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Thousands of Iowans experienced STEM activities at the Iowa State Fair.

STEM Day Crowd-Pleasing at the Iowa State Fair

Weather was not the only thing hot about the State Fair on the final Sunday. So was STEM. Thousands of fairgoers engaged in experiential learning amidst corn dogs, carnival rides and cattle contests at STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair.

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Students involved in the STEM BEST Program at St. Theresa Catholic School work on career-based projects alongside industry professionals.

Design Days to Support STEM BEST Newcomers

The STEM Council is partnering with the Iowa Area Education Agencies Online (AEA) to provide Design Days – six 30-minute mini-sessions through October and November and a one-day session in early November to share information and provide STEM BEST Program design support.

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Clinton High School Mathematics Teacher completed a summer Teacher Externships at Zurn Elkay

Clinton Teachers Bring Work-World to Class after Externships

Eighty-two teachers are back in the classroom with another effective tool in their instruction toolbox following their summer STEM Teacher Externship. One school district will experience ample work-based application in classrooms after five externs from the Clinton Community School District took part in the summer program.

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STEM Scale-Up Program, STEM subjects, STEM career, Iowa STEM Evaluation

Iowa STEM Assessment: The Gold Standard

The external, independent, and transparent annual evaluation of Iowa STEM provides the Council, the legislature, investors, and STEM consumers the reliable evidence they need to gauge impact.

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Work-Based Learning, Iowa Students and Community Workplace

Work-Based Learning Plans: Remember when there were just twelve?

In 2022, nine Iowa school leaders came together under a partnership of Iowa STEM and the Iowa Department of Education to fashion a model for district-wide, K-12 work-based learning plans.

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Nick Long, Industrial Technology Teacher at MMCRU Schools completed a summer STEM Teacher Externship at Wetherall Manufacturing.

Students Gain through Teacher Summer Workplace Experience

This summer marked another record-setting year for the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program. A total of 82 teachers embarked on a hands-on, exploration of local careers in 69 workplaces spanning the state.

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Nearly 20 educators attended STEM Scale-Up Program training for TeacherGeek STEM Cart in West Union.

Teacher Prep Begins for Exemplar STEM Programming

Preparations are well underway by librarians, classroom teachers, homeschool networks, daycare providers and more to incorporate exemplary STEM programs during the upcoming academic year.

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