Each year, the STEM Council engages nearly 100,000 students and thousands of educators to increase interest and achievement in STEM studies and careers. Programming, events, projects and more opportunities in STEM are made possible through bi-partisan support of the Iowa Legislature, leadership and guidance from co-chair Governor Kim Reynolds, the STEM Advisory Council, regional STEM advisory boards and generous business and nonprofit partners who commit to supporting STEM education in Iowa.
In 2020, 17 corporate partners invested in Iowa STEM through grants and partner dedicated funds, including Accumold, ACT, Alliant Energy Foundation, Bayer Fund, Benevity Fund, City of Des Moines, Collins Aerospace, Google, HNI Charitable Foundation, Interstates, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), ITC Midwest, Kemin Industries, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Principal Foundation, School Administrators of Iowa and Vermeer Manufacturing.
Typifying support for STEM education, the DNR Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) and Google assured that more STEM educators will be able to take part in summer externships, covering the cost of teacher stipends, graduate credits through the University of Northern Iowa and other program needs and resources. The DNR REAP CEP grant provides opportunity for life science teachers, and the Google commitment will provide support for 10 externships specific to IT.
Other cost-sharing partners include Strategic America, Regional STEM Hub Institutions, STEM Teacher Externship workplace hosts, Scale-Up Program providers and STEM BEST partners, all of whom amplify the impact of Iowa STEM programming on more Iowa youth.
To learn more about becoming a corporate partner, contact STEM Council Associate Director Carrie Rankin at Rankin@IowaSTEM.gov.