Seal of Approval

What is the Seal of Approval?Governor's STEM Advisory Council Seal of Approval 2016

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is focused on increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Iowa. The task is to prepare STEM-literate students for career paths in the economically vital fields of bioscience (agriculture and health), finance, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and other STEM fields in order to provide a competitive, economic advantage to our communities and state.

But, STEM can happen almost anywhere. It can happen at hackathons, conferences, after school programs, clubs, events, and more. To enculturate, sustain, and spread STEM thinking, the STEM Council has created the Seal of Approval to recognize and support select, non-Council programs and events that help achieve STEM Council goals.

Who can apply?

For now, applications are being accepted for individual programs or periodic events that significantly advance STEM principles and thinking in Iowa communities. Applicants should be unaffiliated with existing STEM Council programs. The Seal is not intended for individuals, organizations, or institutions.

What does this recognition provide?

The STEM Council's Seal of Approval indicates that your program or event officially advances one of the most progressive state STEM initiatives in the country. As we learn about the needs of the community, this program, and its benefits and offerings, it will continue to grow. We hope that the STEM Council's Seal can be leveraged for promotion, funding, and other types of support.

How does it work?

All submissions are reviewed by the Seal of Approval committee, a diverse group of community leaders selected by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The committee will review applications three times per year: late April, August, and December. Upon review, the committee will make its final recommendations to STEM Council leaders for approval. If necessary, additional information or interviews may be requested to help the committee inform its decision. The review process may take two to four weeks.


Applicants that provide evidence of effectiveness on their program or event will be viewed more favorably. Questions about criteria and selection may be directed to

Click this link to view the Scoring Rubric used for applicants of the Seal of Approval.