Joni Ehm joins the STEM Council as the Southwest Iowa Regional STEM Manager.

Joni Ehm Joins STEM Team as Southwest Regional STEM Manager

The STEM Council recently welcomed Joni Ehm as the new Southwest Regional STEM Manager operating out of Southwestern Community College. She joins five regional manager counterparts to effectively implement STEM programming, create connections and collaborate with community and business partners, educators and others to increase student interest and achievement in STEM education and careers.

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Educators and students participated in STEM Day at the Capitol on February 9.

Exciting Innovations in Education Exhibited at STEM Day at the Capitol

STEM Council programming drives an interdisciplinary approach to STEM education that helps students develop technical and intellectual skills to make connections from the classroom to the world of work. STEM careers with Iowa business and industry make this core discipline a vital economic development driver.

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The Iowa STEM Council assessment consists of independent evaluation consortium of the Regent Universities.

“If you don’t measure it, it’s as if it never happened”

Measurement is baked into the DNA of Iowa’s statewide STEM programming thanks to early insistence by STEM Council members to track and monitor effects. How else, they reasoned, would we know if we’re making a difference? Any lingering hesitance on the part of Council members to commit resources for evaluating effect was dispelled by Dr.

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Orbis Project Mentor Joel Fox of the Ankeny Schools shared about their STEM BEST Program at the STEM Advisory Council Meeting.

STEM as Workforce Development the Focus for Council Meeting 23

The STEM Advisory Council held its 23rd convening at the Urban Campus of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Council members joined through a hybrid of in-person and online participation for a robust agenda of Regional STEM Hub Institution recognition, STEM program showcases, advancements on strategic planning and STEM Council course setting.

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Students from Keokuk, Iowa, take part in STEM Scale-Up Programming.

World Class STEM Programs to Scale Across Iowa

Educators are invited to apply for the STEM Scale-Up Programs.

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STEM Council Career Guidance and Implementation Working Group July forum.

Council Strategic Priorities in the Hands of Implementation Teams

STEM Council Working Groups play a critical role, incubating actions and shaping the future of the STEM Council. More than 50 members of three working groups have devoted countless hours to supporting and enhancing STEM Council efforts. The working groups presented updates at the January STEM Advisory Council meeting and will focus on the following next steps.

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Iowa STEM Council Scholarships

Iowa’s STEM Council Enters the Scholarship Business

New supports for Iowa’s outstanding STEM teachers are coming from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in the form of scholarships. Council leaders determined that we need to take immediate action on two fronts: (1) help produce more teachers in the high demand K-12 STEM fields; and (2) help those presently in the field to keep up with rapid advancements in STEM.

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Matt Stier manages the Southeast Region for the STEM Council.

Matt Stier manages the Southeast Region for the STEM Council

Matthew Stier recently joined the STEM team as the new southeast Iowa regional STEM manager. The Southeast Iowa STEM Region consists of a collaborative effort that includes partnerships with The University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College.

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Jason Lang, Meghan Lang and Marc Benedict are instrumental in leading coordination of the STEM Teacher Externships Program.

Faces of the STEM: Teacher Externships Program Coordinators

Career-Linked Learning experiences through the STEM Teacher Externships Program include nearly 700 educator and workplace matches since 2009, reaching thousands of students through career application in the classroom.

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STEM Council operations center student assistant Hannah Butler.

Faces of the STEM: Student Staff Boost Iowa STEM

Iowa youth are at the heart of STEM Council priorities. Day in and day out, the STEM Council aims to help young people grow in their knowledge of STEM and prepare for the future. The STEM Council is deeply impacted by students as well.

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