STEM Advisory Council Guides Path Forward

Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council Meeting
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council met in November at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus.

Focused on enriching the lives of Iowans through STEM education, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council met on November 20 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus.

Students from Saydel and Bondurant-Farrar Community School Districts interacted with attendees and demonstrated STEM Scale-Up Programs -- Ramps & Pathways and Computer Science Principles -- prior to the meeting.

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg opened the meeting of nearly 80 leaders from business and industry, education, nonprofit and policy sectors. A significant portion of the meeting was focused on computer science, including the following topics:

  • Computer science incentives and standards
  • Computer Science is Elementary project
  • Future of computer science

The Council addressed important questions regarding computer science and discussed the STEM Council mission statement and communication objectives.

Cindy Dietz was recognized for her leadership and commitment as interim executive director of the STEM Council this past year. Jeff Weld will be returning as the STEM Council’s executive director in December.

STEM Council Co-Chair and Accumold President and CEO Roger Hargens closed the meeting with motivational commentary about the meeting and encouragement to continue the STEM-momentum.

For more information about the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council meeting, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/archive.