Family STEM festivals connect communities

A robust statewide STEM effort requires the support of all Iowans from parents, students and educators to city leaders, higher education experts and business and industry professionals. Creating an avenue for this wide array of audiences to intersect and collaborate on STEM is one mission of the STEM Council. Read more about Family STEM festivals connect communities

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. Read more about Bringing STEM to the Capitol

STEM Council Meeting is Sweet XVI

STEM Council Meeting 16

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. Read more about STEM Council Meeting is Sweet XVI

Greatness “STEM-ed” from Iowa State Fairgoers this month

STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair

Although the Iowa State Fair didn’t surpass attendance records this year, early results from an evaluation of STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair show attendance and engagement levels on the Grand Concourse like never before. Read more about Greatness “STEM-ed” from Iowa State Fairgoers this month

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Summer Teacher Externships set up school year for STEM

Monsanto Huxley Learning Center

The Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Year-End Forum helped “plant the seed” for new STEM curriculum tied to workplace needs for about five dozen Teacher Externs at Monsanto’s Huxley Learning Center in early August. Read more about Summer Teacher Externships set up school year for STEM

STEM School+Business Innovation Conference lights a spark on new partnerships

STEM School+Business Innovation Conference

The future of Iowa’s economy and workforce is about to get a boost from nearly 300 educators, principals/administrators, business leaders, economic/workforce development leaders and more who attended this past week’s STEM School+Business Innovation Conference. Read more about STEM School+Business Innovation Conference lights a spark on new partnerships

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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. Read more about What a difference a day makes in STEM education

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Capitol Rotunda swarmed by story-telling STEM-ers

2016 STEM Day at the Capitol

On February 18, the STEM Council filled the Capitol Rotunda with hundreds of STEM programs and partners from across the state to educate and show state legislators what Iowa STEM looks like in today’s classrooms, museums, afterschool clubs and more. Read more about Capitol Rotunda swarmed by story-telling STEM-ers

Iowans take a big “byte” of coding

Lt. Governor Reynolds speaks at Jordan Creek Elementary School

Early December’s celebration of computer science in Iowa worked to inspire thousands of students across the state to try a “byte” of the computer programming world. Read more about Iowans take a big “byte” of coding