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
Hiawatha Elementary students planted a series of raised beds this past April as part of “Agriculture in the Classroom,” a program of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation that received the Seal of Approval this month.

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:

  • “Agriculture in the Classroom” program of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
  • CoderDojo Muscatine
  • Wednesday Workshops at the Science Center of Iowa
  • Youth Environmental Agriculture Field Days with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Programs and events that align with STEM Council goal of inspiring Iowa’s next generation of innovators, such as community hack-a-thons, conferences, afterschool programs, citizen engagement, showcase events and more may apply for the Seal of Approval. Its dual function is to recognize and help elevate quality STEM outside of the STEM Council purview and expand opportunities for Iowans to identify and participate in great STEM by connecting to the STEM Council.

Each program or event that applies will be considered based on the program's alignment to STEM Council goals, the needs of the community and its benefits and offerings to meet those needs. The Seal of Approval can be leveraged for promotion, external funding and other types of support.

For more information about these programs, take a look at or submit your application for the STEM Council’s Seal of Approval at

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