A world leader in high precision micro molding, Accumold hosted leaders in higher education, business, PreK-12 educators, state and local government officials to discuss molding the future of the STEM Council as part of a recent convening of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
Accumold President and CEO and STEM Council Co-Chair Roger Hargens shared welcoming remarks with Council members. STEM Council Executive Director Jeff Weld charted the course of the day with a nod to the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon.
Brief updates were given on many of the STEM Council programs followed by questions and advice from Council members. Erin Heiden, Senior Research Scientist for the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research, shared about STEM indicators over time and Laura Williams, 21st Century Learning Specialist and Work-Based Learning Clearinghouse Coordinator, shared insights on the Work-Based Learning Clearinghouse.
For the final portion of the day, Council members were divided into groups to discuss how to do more to advance the STEM Council mission, how to direct resources and how to best leverage partnerships. Common themes during this discussion included making the most of connections to school administrators, reaching under-represented communities and identifying more opportunities to partner with other organizations and agencies in the state to achieve mutual goals.
For more information about the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council meeting, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/archive.