Teacher Kacia Cain, recieves South Central STEM regions Education award for Inspired Teaching

Outstanding STEM Educators Recognized with Inaugural Award

Iowa’s STEM Advisory Council partnered this year with Kemin Industries to seek out and recognized six of the best STEM teachers in Iowa. It was a monumental task, given all of the superior educators across our state. The highly-competitive award brought in more than 150 applications from across the state.

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Governor Terry Branstad speaks at the annual STEM Day at the Capitol

STEM showcased at the Statehouse

With the goal of showing Iowa lawmakers how far STEM in Iowa has come while having quite a distance yet to go, the STEM Council alongside partners in STEM from across Iowa impressed legislators (and each other) with hands-on, interactive and student-focused learning innovations at STEM Day at the Capitol.

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Student prepares for the "Hour of Code" event

Code Iowa set to launch during “Hour of Code” on December 8

In less than two weeks, an estimated 100 million students across the globe will participate in Code.org’s “Hour of Code.” The international event encourages school districts, teachers and parents to guide their students to participate in one hour of computer coding during Computer Science Education Week, beginning December 8.

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Paul Gibbins

North Central Iowa STEM Region home to new regional manager

A search team of regional and state STEM Board and Council members successfully nabbed their number one candidate to fill the role as the North Central Iowa STEM Regional Manager. Paul Gibbins will complete the six-person roster of regional managers and start his duties out of Iowa State University on December 1.

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Iowa STEM convened faculty from private colleges, universities and community colleges to envision programs for producing STEM teachers on November 12

Making STEM a Field of Dreams for Teaching Candidates

Forty-four college faculty from 25 institutions across Iowa gathered at Grand View University on November 13 to ponder their own versions of the “Field of Dreams” – If we build STEM endorsements for our teaching majors, will they come?

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ACT is a VIP and MVP for Iowa STEM

Each corporate partner to the STEM Council plays a vital role in the development and advancement of its ongoing priorities. ACT, an independent, not for profit organization focused on data, research and assessment housed in Iowa City, partnered with the STEM Council beginning in 2011 when ACT President Jon Erickson was appointed to the council.

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