The Iowa STEM Council’s implementation network consists of six geographic regions strategically positioned across Iowa. This structure helps deepen and broaden access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational and economic development opportunities and each region is supported by a Regional STEM Advisory Board with members appointed by the Governor. Guided by the Regional STEM Manager, board members work together to advise and coordinate resources for further reach in each region.
The six Regional STEM Advisory Boards were convened earlier this month for a mega meeting to share regional best practices, explore ideas for STEM programming and foster collaboration among regions. More than 50 advisory board members joined the STEM Network Team at the Lucas Building in Des Moines following STEM Day at the Capitol.
“Each year, we progress on our promise of world-class opportunities for each and every young Iowan and there is still work to be done. The not-so-secret to success has been and always will be the selfless devotion of many passionate advocates,” said Jeff Weld, STEM Council executive director.
According to the latest Iowa STEM Evaluation Report, more than 70,000 youth were impacted by the STEM Scale-Up Programs facilitated in each region, more than 20,000 Iowans were engaged in community STEM festivals and 1,325 new connections were made with businesses, workforce development, economic development and education leaders. This impact is made possible through the dedication and commitment from regional support. For more information about the Regional STEM Advisory Boards, visit www.iowastem.org/regions.