Four more stamped with STEM Council’s Seal of Approval

Since March 2015, the STEM Council has awarded the Seal of Approval to 13 programs and events around Iowa that help advance the Iowa STEM mission.

It has been one year since its launch in March 2015, and the STEM Council’s Seal of Approval has already recognized 13 STEM-related programs or events happening organically across Iowa.

The Seal acknowledges those STEM opportunities impacting students outside of the STEM Council’s efforts that help achieve and advance the Iowa STEM mission. In return, the Seal can be leveraged for promotion, funding and other types of support.

Since December, a review committee awarded the Seal to two programs and two events, including:

The 2015 AAUW Tech Trek Camp at Simpson College and the July 2016 AAUW Tech Trek camp at Buena Vista University

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) Tech Trek Camp is a week-long residential STEM camp for girls entering 8th grade and is part of AAUW’s national programming designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in STEM fields for girls.

Camp Invention

Free to schools and organizations that host the program nationwide, Camp Invention features collaborative learning opportunities led by local teachers in a safe environment, striving to enhance each child’s ability to learn through teamwork and gain an appreciation for discovery.

Des Moines Student-to-Student Speaker Series (DMS5)

A group of Des Moines students devoted to promoting science literacy and creating awareness of cutting-edge mathematics and science research works to help high school STEM students explore career options by connecting them with successful Iowa men and women in STEM.

Open Minds, Open Doors Conference

Open Minds, Open Doors is a half-day conference at Coe College in Cedar Rapids coordinated by Grant Wood Area Education Agency that brings in nearly 500 middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to encourage them to pursue career fields with foundations in STEM.

For more information on how to apply for the Seal of Approval for your program or event in Iowa, please visit

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