STEM Day at the Capitol


With the goal of updating Iowa lawmakers on Iowa STEM, the STEM Council alongside partners in STEM from across Iowa talk with legislators to showcase hands-on, interactive, and student-focused learning innovations at STEM Day at the Capitol.

The 2018 STEM Day at the Capitol sponsored by ITC Midwest and Rockwell Collins gathered 34 interactive exhibits, staffed by nearly 200 people. Together, they helped tell the story of the growing partnerships between the STEM Council and entities across all sectors of Iowa, including the program providers the for STEM Scale-Up Program, STEM BEST, STEM Seal of Approval, Iowa STEM Network Hub Institutions, youth agencies, nonprofits and more.

Gov. Kim Reynolds acknowledged the progress made by this group and the importance of STEM education in Iowa. Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg followed, thanking exhibitors for their tireless work and dedication to advancing STEM in the state. In a uniquely STEM-like fashion of bipartisanship, Sen. Amy Sinclair, Sen. Bill Dotzler, Rep. Kevin Koester and Rep. Dave Jacoby each shared their own observations of Iowa’s STEM progress in earning their support as key in producing Iowa’s next generation of skilled innovators.

Kemin Industries Vice President and General Counsel Libby Nelson rallied attendees around what has become a signature program of the STEM Council, recognizing six outstanding Iowa educators, one per STEM region, who earned the 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, generously sponsored by Kemin Industries. All leaders remained at the podium to congratulate the six honored teachers.

Between the exhibitors and the legislators invited, the Capitol Rotunda drew in a large crowd focused on the STEM happening around Iowa.

2018 Exhibitors included:

  1. AAUW “Tech Trek” CampSTEM Innovator
  2. Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
  3. Drake University K-12 STEM Outreach
  4. FIRST Robotics Competition
  5. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
  6. Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
  7. Iowa Air National Guard
  8. Iowa Lakes Community College K-12 STEM Outreach
  9. Iowa State University K-12 STEM Outreach
  10. Iowa STEM Teacher Externships
  11. Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
  12. ITC K-12 STEM Outreach
  13. John Deere K-12 STEM Outreach
  14. Making STEM Connections
  15. Microsoft Imagine Academy
  16. Million Women Mentors - Iowa
  17. Project Lead The Way
  18. Ramps and Pathways
  19. Rockwell Collins K-12 STEM Outreach
  20. Southwestern Community College K-12 STEM Outreach
  21. State Hygienic Laboratory
  22. STEM BEST Ankeny Community Schools
  23. STEM BEST Cedar Falls Community Schools
  24. STEM BEST Davenport West High School
  25. STEM BEST Iowa Big North
  26. STEM BEST Iowa City Community Schools
  27. STEM BEST Oelwein Community Schools
  28. STEM BEST Spirit Lake Middle School
  29. STEM BEST Waukee APEX
  30. STEM BEST West Liberty Community Schools
  31. STEM Innovator
  32. University of Iowa - Kirkwood Community College K-12 STEM Outreach
  33. University of Northern Iowa K-12 STEM Outreach
  34. World Food Prize