Educators Take Part in STEM Scale-Up Program Training

Training for Computer Science Principles
Educators work together during training for Computer Science Principles, a STEM Scale-Up Program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Hundreds of Iowa educators from across Iowa are taking part in STEM Scale-Up Program training for implementation of the programs this fall. Nearly 600 STEM Scale-Up Program applications were awarded, impacting nearly 100,000 students during the 2018-2019 academic year.

The STEM Council reviewed and selected a menu of ten high-quality STEM programs last January to “scale up” in Iowa’s PreK-12 schools, afterschool programs and other educational settings for the upcoming academic year. Interested Iowa educators were able to apply for one or more of these STEM Scale-Up Programs.

Iowa’s regional STEM managers, guided by their regional STEM advisory boards, selected recipients throughout the state based on need, student diversity, geographic distribution, capacity to sustain, and other factors. Since 2012, funding from the Iowa legislature has enabled more than 500,000 PreK-12 Iowans to take part in these proven programs.

Results from the annual Iowa STEM evaluation report show students who participated in the STEM Scale-Up Program score higher on the Iowa Assessments in National Percentile Rank by four points in science and three points in mathematics and reading compared to nonparticipating students statewide. Participants also expressed a stronger interest in pursuing a STEM career in Iowa.

A complete list of 2018-2019 STEM Scale-Up Program awards and additional information about the STEM Scale-Up Program can be found by visiting www.IowaSTEM.gov/Scale-Up.