MVP for Iowa STEM: Kwizera Imani

The Iowa STEM community first met Kwizera Imani as a senior at North High School in Des Moines. He told his story on how STEM changed his life at the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit. In the short time since then, Kwizera became an official member of the STEM Council, leading efforts to bring youth and diversity perspectives to the effort. Now because of this, he is February’s MVP for Iowa STEM.

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Cindy Dietz, Rockwell Collins

MVP for Iowa STEM: Cindy Dietz and Rockwell Collins

With the help of January’s MVP for Iowa STEM, Rockwell Collins, an aerospace engineering company in Cedar Rapids, Cindy Dietz, its director of external relations, has used her expertise to send Iowa STEM soaring to new heights.

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Steve Triplett

MVP for Iowa STEM: Steve Triplett

Of 32 U.S. states where more than half of their graduates take the ACT, Iowa has the highest percentage of students meeting the STEM benchmark.

This great data point to help Iowa monitor student STEM interest would not exist if not for a great partnership with December’s MVP for Iowa STEM Steve Triplett.

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Kathryn Kunert

MVP for Iowa STEM: MidAmerican Energy Company and Kathryn Kunert

November’s MVP for Iowa STEM is fulfilling the company’s mission for “power” to light up the STEM movement and heat a passion for STEM across Iowa.

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Newest STEM Council Members

New voices, perspectives join Iowa’s STEM crusade

STEM Council member turnover is a bittersweet necessity as Iowa’s nationally-acclaimed statewide STEM program evolves in a cycle of continuous improvement. Exiting members leave indelible records of contribution on the trajectory of Iowa STEM, while entering members bring new perspectives and prized organizations to the table.

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STEM Council Meeting 16

STEM Council Meeting is Sweet XVI

September closed with a gathering of Iowa’s STEM leaders who make up the STEM Council, marking the 16th meeting in five years. Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny provided the perfect setting.

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Kacia Cain

MVP for Iowa STEM: Kacia Cain

August's MVP for Iowa STEM sees her role within the STEM Council as one who conveys potential barriers or problems against Iowa STEM growth to a mixed team of experts who know how to take them down or find pathways around them.

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Craig Johnson

MVP for Iowa STEM: Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson, executive director of the Iowa Academy of Science, first gained a passion for inspiring students while working as a professional meteorologist and making presentations at Iowa schools. When he realized that many students felt they were not “smart enough” for STEM, he knew he needed to get more involved.

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MVP for Iowa STEM: Emily Abbas

MVP for Iowa STEM: Emily Abbas

Once a contracted agent for Iowa STEM, now a passionate volunteer to the cause, this month’s MVP for Iowa STEM has helped bring “Greatness STEMs from Iowans” to life.

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What a difference a day makes in STEM education

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council celebrated its fifth anniversary on June 30, convening its members plus guests at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel to take stock on a number of strategic fronts as well as take aim on new ambitions.

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