STEM Education Policy

Active Working Groups

Active Working Group Committee: STEM Support of Ag. Science

Charge: Identify ways and means for STEM Council to support Agricultural Science, including how ag science might satisfy graduation requirements as core science credited.

Chairperson: Rachel Hurley, Governmental Affairs Manager, Monsanto


Active Working Group Committee: STEM Support of Arts and Culture

Charge: Identify ways and means for STEM Council to support and interface with Arts and Culture across Iowa.

Co-chairs:

  • David Barajas, CEO, Marshalltown Regional Partnership
  • Tim Bower, John Deere
  • Steve Triplett, STEM Client Partnerships Director, ACT

Active Working Group: STEM Support of Computer Science

Charge: Develop strategies for engaging youth in computer programming and coding and provide recommendations for sustaining interest in computer science beyond "Code Iowa" and the "Hour of Code." Present a set of recommendation to the STEM Council to engage more Iowa youth in computer science, including programming/coding/app development.

Co-chairs:

  • Mark Gruwell, Co-owner, LearnAcre, LLC
  • Ann Watts, Program Manager, Microsoft IT Academy

Active Working Group: Broadband for Iowa

Charge: Create a proposal to suggest a solution to meet the most pressing challenge to top quality STEM education in Iowa. Support the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s agenda by targeting, student interest/achievement, technology-enhanced instruction, STEM teacher recruitment/preparation, post-secondary readiness, STEM policy, public awareness, public-private partnership and STEM for ALL.

Chairperson: John Carver, Superintendent, Howard-Winneshiek Community School District


Active Working Group: Community College STEM Network
Chairperson: Jeff Weld, Executive Director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council

Active Working Group: Four-Year College STEM Network
Chairperson: Jeff Weld, Executive Director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council