2020 STEM Teacher Externship Forum

Externships Power Through the Pandemic

Nearly 100 STEM Teacher Externs, extern mentors, STEM team members and former, current and prospective workplace hosts gathered virtually for the 2020 STEM Teacher Externship Forum earlier this month.

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Dr. Aris Winger facilitated a virtual workshop focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in Iowa STEM classrooms.

Iowa STEM teachers immerse in Equity

One hundred K-to-college educators recently virtually convened to participate in the Fostering Equity in the STEM Classroom professional development presented by the Governor’s Advisory STEM Council.

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Industrial Technology Teacher John Doornenbal is a 2020 STEM Teacher Extern at Interstates in Sioux Center.

Work-Based Learning for Teachers – Summer Externships

John Doornenbal, an industrial technology teacher at Sioux Center High School, is spending six weeks of his summer as a STEM Teacher Extern for Interstates, an electrical automation company in Sioux Center. As part of his externship experience, Doornenbal is learning about tasks in which each employee is involved and the skills needed to complete the task.

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Five working groups are convening virtually to make recommendations to the Council for shaping the future of STEM in Iowa.

Shaping the Future of STEM

Working groups have historically incubated actions of the STEM Council, including why and how we build a network, crafted the STEM Scale-Up Program, imagined the STEM BEST Program, launched the Innovation Fund, Seal of Approval and more.

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Twitter Chat a Powerful Tool Toward STEM Equity

Twitter Chat a Powerful Tool Toward STEM Equity

The STEM Council’s operations team strives to employ a variety of tactics in striving for equity in Iowa STEM education and building bright futures for all Iowa students. On behalf of the STEM Council, earlier this month the operations team hosted a Twitter Chat to share perspectives and ideas for serving the underserved in STEM education.

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STEM BEST Programs Iowa BIG North and No Boundaries collaborate to provide opportunities for students.

Iowa’s STEM BEST Future Workforce

Growing the number of community collaborations involving school and business partnerships through the STEM BEST Program continues to be a goal for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. By helping expand the learning continuum from school to careers, the benefits of this program have been felt throughout communities across Iowa.

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STEM Essential Podcast

STEM Essential – Voices of Edu-nomic Innovation

You’ve heard STEM education is essential, but have you ever thought about why? The STEM Council is launching its first ever podcast series, called STEM Essential. This five-part podcast series addresses edu-nomic innovation - where education and economic development merge to improve lives and communities.

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The Regional STEM Network Team gathers regularly to align planning and implementation efforts of STEM Council programming.

Regional STEM Managers Adapt Family Festivals

Family STEM Festivals have traditionally been fun-filled and educational events that spark interest in STEM in communities across the six STEM regions in Iowa. Festivals are held for learners of all ages and feature exciting and engaging hands-on STEM activities generated by community partners and workplaces.

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Iowa Library for the Blind was a recipient of the STEM Scale-Up Program Pint Size Science

Scale-Up Professional Development Goes Online

Each summer, hundreds of educators across Iowa attend professional development training to prepare for implementation of the STEM Scale-Up Programs during the upcoming school year. This year, training is looking a little different.

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Parkview Middle School Mathematics Teacher Genna Kinley was a 2019 STEM Teacher Extern with John Deere

STEM Teacher Externships on Track for Summer 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our learning environments, workplaces, social gatherings and more. People around the world are looking at things through a new lens and rapidly making adjustments to safely and effectively deliver instructions, products and services in our communities.

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