K-12 STEM Excellence Begins in Summer

Iowa educators prepare DNA samples for testing for the gene that determines how their taste buds sense cilantro.

Two thousand Iowa educators have fanned out across the state in small groups this summer to get better at teaching STEM. From Sukup Hall at Iowa State University to Cline Hall at Drake, from Southwestern Community College at Red Oak to Schindler Hall at the University of Northern Iowa, from Keystone AEA to the Cherokee Yacht Club, and ninety-five more in-person and virtual gatherings. Read more about K-12 STEM Excellence Begins in Summer

Educators Gear Up for STEM Scale-Up Programs

CAM South Elementary students learn about Light and Shadow, a 2021-2022 STEM Scale-Up Program.

Nearly 2,000 educators are expected to attend professional development training on 13 selected STEM Scale-Up Programs during the next month. More than 112,000 Iowa students, grades PreK through 12, will have the opportunity to engage with these 13 high-quality STEM experiences in-school, afterschool and in other educational settings. Read more about Educators Gear Up for STEM Scale-Up Programs

World Class STEM Programs to Scale Across Iowa

Students from Keokuk, Iowa, take part in STEM Scale-Up Programming.

Educators are invited to apply for the STEM Scale-Up Programs. Read more about World Class STEM Programs to Scale Across Iowa

STEM Scale-Up Programs Provide Career Context

Winterset High School Teacher Kacia Cain utilizes STEM Scale-Up Program SoapyCilantro to connect genetics to medical careers.
Each year, the STEM Council introduces a new menu of STEM Scale-Up Programs available to educators across Iowa. The Scale-Up Program aims to bring top STEM education opportunities to all learners, inspire young Iowans to pursue STEM career opportunities and increase student achievement in STEM.
 

STEM Delivers Fresh, New Scale-Up Menu

Twelve innovative Scale-Up Programs are available for the 2021-2022 academic year. Apply today!

Soon after the STEM Council was established in 2011, the idea was fleshed out by a committee for a system that shares some of the nation’s best STEM lessons, labs, kits, software and professional development with PreK-12 students and educators in school, in afterschool programs and in other educational settings, especially targeting those most in need. Read more about STEM Delivers Fresh, New Scale-Up Menu

Historic Number of Scale-Up Provider Proposals Leads to Fresh, New Menu

Students in STEM classroom
The STEM Council created an initiative eight years ago to identify some of the best STEM education lessons, activities, digital tools and other learning experiences available within Iowa and across the globe. The program is called Scale-Up, with the goal to bring top STEM education opportunities to all learners, especially those historically underserved.

Adapting STEM for 2020 Limitations

Educators are receiving and implementing their Differentiated Math Centers STEM Scale-Up Program.
As early snow falls in Iowa, all communities continue to feel the effects of COVID-19. Organizations, businesses and educational institutions are adapting to an environment of social distancing and virtual access.
 

Top Tips for Virtual Learning – Part 1: Strategies for Engagement

STEM Scale-Up Program providers share strategies for engagement in virtual learning environments.

The immediate shift to virtual learning has impacted nearly every Iowan. Many are still learning how to best navigate the new virtual territory. The STEM Council sought out best practices and advice for virtual learning from our 2020 STEM Scale-Up Program providers. Read more about Top Tips for Virtual Learning – Part 1: Strategies for Engagement

Top Tips for Virtual Learning - Part 2: Methods of Communication

STEM Scale-Up Program providers share communication best practices for virtual learning.

Communication is often referred to as the key to success and is possibly even more important in a virtual learning environment. Below are some tips and best practices from STEM Scale-Up Program providers* to enhance the communication flow in a virtual settings. Read more about Top Tips for Virtual Learning - Part 2: Methods of Communication

Scale-Up Training Pivots Virtual

STEM Scale-Up Program Virtual Professional Development Training

As educators across Iowa prepare for the upcoming school year, more than 1,000 teachers and informal educators are taking part in professional development training to implement STEM Scale-Up Programs this fall. Read more about Scale-Up Training Pivots Virtual

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