Bringing STEM to the Capitol

Executive branch leaders and state legislators took more than a moment on February 16 to pause from the weighty matters upstairs in the Senate and House chambers to celebrate something they created and continue to generously support—Iowa’s statewide STEM program.

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Local workplaces seeking STEM teacher expertise

If you are a teacher, you have probably wondered how your mathematics or science topics are used behind the walls of the manufacturing plant across town, or what kinds of roof-beam geometry and cement wall chemistry the construction crew uses to build that bridge up north or those new lofts downtown.

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Calling all Iowa workplaces: Host a summer Iowa STEM Teacher Extern

Connecting schools and businesses is one of the main goals of the STEM Council. Whether that business is a global manufacturer or a rural service supplier, the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships program unites the producers of talent (schools) with the employers of talent (business and industry) for mutual benefit.

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Eric Grabe at Pella Corporation

Iowa STEM Teacher Externs to bring workplace to classroom this fall

“This test consists of cycling a damaged window through a series of positive and negative pressures that replicate the conditions of a hurricane moving in and out of the area,” said Eric Grabe, physics and computer teacher at Newton Senior High School, working this summer at Pella Corporation in Pella.

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Waterloo training for Making STEM Connections

Hundreds trained at summer professional development through the STEM Scale-Up Program

About one-sixth of Iowa’s K-12 students are about to experience the best of STEM at the hands of nearly 1,700 educators trained at more than 60 STEM Scale-Up Program professional development workshops this summer and fall.

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Iowa STEM Careers Video Series

Windows into STEM jobs – a new video series for Iowa

A young engineer at Accumold, a chemist at Wells Blue Bunny, an entomologist at DuPont Pioneer and a programmer at Acieta may be the next great ambassadors for Iowa STEM.

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Outstanding STEM teachers honored at Terrace Hill

Iowa has been known as “a place to grow” and “life-changing” but to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council – thanks to the vision and investment of Kemin Industries—I.O.W.A.

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Gaining ground on the STEM endorsement

Teachers and teacher candidates in Iowa now have the option of picking up an endorsement to teach STEM thanks to a collaborative effort of the STEM Council and the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE).

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Iowa educators attend a Teacher Externship orientation

Walls between school and work tumble down with Teacher Externships

With an adventurous spirit that would rival Magellan, nearly 40 educators throughout Iowa will cross cultural boundaries into the world of commerce this summer, applying their skills and updating their understanding of how their school subjects apply to life beyond the classroom wall.

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Bill Gelhaus gets hands on during his Teacher Externship expirence.

Seeds of Teacher Externships sown in spring

The most valuable professional development experience they have ever had is how 93 percent of participants describe the STEM Council's Real World Externships for Teachers of mathematics, science and technology.

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