STEM Council

Fall Meeting of Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Marks Transition Period

Consistency through change was the message delivered by members, friends and allies of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at their bi-annual meeting on Monday, November 13, in room B100, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines. As Jeff Weld steps down from the post of executive director, smooth and swift leadership transition is a top concern among attendees.

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Greenhouses Sprouting Up Across Iowa

A greenhouse has become a new powerful learning space in some schools across Iowa with the assistance of the STEM BEST® Program. 

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Employers Invited to Host STEM Teacher Externs for Summer 2024

Last summer 82 STEM teachers from across the state spent their summer embedded in a workplace environment in order to grow their skills and better understand the needs of business and industry while helping strengthen the community workforce. Since 2009, the STEM Teacher Externships Program has made 859 workplace experiences possible for Iowa STEM educators.

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corporate sponsors

Investors in STEM Stretch Iowan’s Dollars

Iowa’s legislature honors the return on investment of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council by recommitting state funds annually and so do numerous non-state investors.

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Wayne County Festival

STEM Education on Display at Fall Festivals

From the science of changing leaves to the fall crop harvest, the fall season in Iowa produces a brilliant display of STEM. In each of the STEM Council’s six regions, fall also brings about a number of exciting opportunities in hands-on, experiential learning.

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Yerington extern

STEM Teacher Externships: Connect, Experience, Share

Many Muscatine students are learning how STEM learning connects to local careers, thanks to last summer’s STEM Teacher Externships Program. Six teachers from four schools in the Muscatine school district took part in the six-week program this past summer.

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Scale up Central Community

Scale-Up What Works for Iowa Students

Chemistry, physics and general science look a little different this year at Central Community School. Brian Ungerer, Central Community School middle and high school science teacher, along with Logan Kutsch, Central Community School student teacher, have been incorporating STEM Scale-Up Program Positive Physics in class to liven up learning.

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Linn Mar Venture student

Classroom to Careers

Elyssa McDowell, Venture Academics strategic partnerships coordinator for Linn-Mar Community Schools, experienced a full circle moment as an educator. One of the students from the Venture Academics program, Allie Katuin, toured a local hospital as part of the biomedical course, learned about a job opportunity and recently joined the hospital as part of the staff.

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The STEM BEST Program at Prairie High School will engage students and local workplaces with technology advanced healthcare experiences using their new Anatomage Table.

School+Business Partnerships = Future-Focused Skills

Prairie High School teachers added a new tool to their toolbox for the current academic year. Students are getting the opportunity to gain a deeper experience in healthcare through a new Anatomage Table. This technologically advanced 3D anatomy visualization and virtual dissection tool was added through the STEM BEST® (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) Program in 2023.

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According to the annual STEM evaluation report, a higher proportion of students who participated in a STEM Scale-Up Program said they were “very interested” in all STEM subjects and in pursuing a STEM career compared to all students statewide.

Latest STEM report indicates progress, impact on PK-12 students and educators

A new report released by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the Iowa Department of Education highlights the statewide impact of STEM Council’s programs on PK-12 students and educators across the state. The independent assessment examines 18 indicators ranging from student interest in STEM, public support of STEM and postsecondary majors and career trends in STEM.

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