STEM Quality Pre-Apprenticeships to stoke Iowa’s workforce pipeline

For the majority of Iowans who did not enjoy an apprenticeship enroute to employment, the concept might conjure memories of Johnny Tremain from high school history class. Read more about STEM Quality Pre-Apprenticeships to stoke Iowa’s workforce pipeline

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. Read more about Local workplaces seeking STEM teacher expertise

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. Read more about Calling all Iowa workplaces: Host a summer Iowa STEM Teacher Extern

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

Iowa STEM Teacher Externs to bring workplace to classroom this fall

Eric Grabe at Pella Corporation

“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. Read more about Iowa STEM Teacher Externs to bring workplace to classroom this fall

Let the match-making begin: Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Iowa STEM Teacher Externships match-meeting at Lennox Industries

“Nobody knows what we do,” said an Ames manufacturer of hydrostatic transmissions, “despite the fact that we ship product around the world.” Read more about Let the match-making begin: Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Business, take in a teacher and transform a school

Here’s a quiz for you: What Iowa STEM program, after getting jumpstarted by a Career Awareness grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, earned a million dollar boost from the National Science Foundation? Read more about Business, take in a teacher and transform a school

Teacher Externs to bring the world of work back to classrooms this fall

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to Teacher Externs

For teachers, there is no better way to kick off the school year than with a new lesson plan in hand completely inspired by a summer spent chin-deep in the world of business and industry. Read more about Teacher Externs to bring the world of work back to classrooms this fall

Walls between school and work tumble down with Teacher Externships

Iowa educators attend a Teacher Externship orientation

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. Read more about Walls between school and work tumble down with Teacher Externships

Seeds of Teacher Externships sown in spring

Bill Gelhaus gets hands on during his Teacher Externship expirence.

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. Read more about Seeds of Teacher Externships sown in spring