STEM Day at the Capitol


















With the goal of updating Iowa lawmakers on Iowa STEM, the STEM Council alongside students and educators who participate in STEM Council programming across Iowa connect with legislators to showcase hands-on, interactive and student-focused learning innovations at STEM Day at the Capitol.

The 2022 STEM Day at the Capitol was sponsored by Collins Aerospace and gathered 11 interactive exhibits, staffed by 71 people. Together, they helped tell the story of the growing partnerships between the STEM Council and community partners across Iowa, including the STEM Scale-Up Program, STEM BEST Program, STEM Teacher Externships Program, Computer Science is Elementary and the Microsoft Imagine Academy.

STEM Day at the Capitol began with evaluative snapshots from Executive Director Dr. Jeff Weld. He introduced Gov. Kim Reynolds who acknowledged the progress made by the STEM Council since its inception in 2011. In a uniquely STEM-like fashion of bipartisanship, Sen. Chris Cournoyer, Sen. Eric Giddens, Rep. Dustin Hite and Rep. Dave Williams each shared their own observations of Iowa’s STEM progress in earning their support as key in producing Iowa’s next generation of skilled innovators. Representing event sponsor Collins Aerospaoce, Raytheon Technologies Director of State Governorment Relations Cindy Dietz spoke about the important role of STEM education for employers.

Lewis Central Middle School Teacher Nathan Van Zante provided context on the STEM Council’s STEM BEST Program and the impact it has had on students in Council Bluffs. He introduced Lewis Central Middle School student Luella Fahrenkrug, who shared how she has been impacted by the program and hopes to pursue a STEM career and incorporate the skills she is learning now. Foundation Analytical Laboratory Owner and Director of Technical Services and STEM Council Co-Chair Diane Young gave closing remarks.

Between the exhibitors and the legislators invited, the Capitol Rotunda drew in a supportive crowd focused on the STEM happening around Iowa.

2022 STEM Day at the Capitol Exhibitors included:

  1. Computer Science is Elementary: Kingsley-Pierson School District

  2. STEM BEST Program: Waterloo School District

  3. STEM Scale-Up Program: Van Meter School District

  4. Microsoft Imagine Academy

  5. STEM BEST Program: Boone School District

  6. STEM BEST Program: Lewis Central School District

  7. Computer Science is Elementary: Storm Lake School District

  8. STEM BEST Program: MOC-Floyd Valley School District

  9. Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program

  10. Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

  11. STEM Scale-Up Program: West Marshall School District

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