Fast-Track Iowa's Future Conference is packed.

‘Fast-Track Iowa’s Future’ Conference a success

More than 550 community leaders from all sectors of Iowa assembled at the Events Center in Des Moines on June 21 to learn, develop and grow localized school-business partnerships with the goal of inspiring and preparing students for STEM careers.

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FIRST Tech Challenge teams compete at FIRST Championship in St. Louis.

Iowa well-represented at international FIRST® Championship

The ultimate goal for some 52,000 teams participating in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) across the globe from 86 countries is navigating the qualifying pathway to reach the FIRST Championship held in St. Louis last month.

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Photo of NGA core team

STEM Prominent in Scaling Work-Based Learning

Since late 2015, a core team of Iowans representing a broad spectrum of agencies has been working in concert with peers in five other states to scale work-based learning (WBL) in high-demand fields.

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Mega-Meeting

Mega-meeting is a mega-hit for harnessing regional STEM success

Iowa’s STEM Council recognized early on the uniqueness of each of the six STEM regions they created in 2012. Their founding vision was that a statewide STEM program cannot thrive as a “one-size-fits-all” model.

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Teacher Leaders huddle over STEM

Now that teacher leaders and instructional coaches dwell in schools throughout the state, an ideal partnership is in the making between Iowa STEM and building-level lead instructors. A robust roster of 440 such pivot-point educators in the areas of mathematics and science, as well as in the applied fields of technology and engineering, were accrued with the help of superintendents across Iowa.

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Family STEM festivals connect communities

A robust statewide STEM effort requires the support of all Iowans from parents, students and educators to city leaders, higher education experts and business and industry professionals. Creating an avenue for this wide array of audiences to intersect and collaborate on STEM is one mission of the STEM Council.

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Bringing STEM to the Capitol

Executive branch leaders and state legislators took more than a moment on February 16 to pause from the weighty matters upstairs in the Senate and House chambers to celebrate something they created and continue to generously support—Iowa’s statewide STEM program.

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Fourth annual Midwest STEM Forum

High yields for Midwest STEM at DuPont Pioneer

Befitting a company known for its high-yield seeds, a bountiful harvest of STEM solutions were shared at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston last week, the site of the Midwest STEM Forum.

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STEM Council Meeting 16

STEM Council Meeting is Sweet XVI

September closed with a gathering of Iowa’s STEM leaders who make up the STEM Council, marking the 16th meeting in five years. Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny provided the perfect setting.

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STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair

Greatness “STEM-ed” from Iowa State Fairgoers this month

Although the Iowa State Fair didn’t surpass attendance records this year, early results from an evaluation of STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair show attendance and engagement levels on the Grand Concourse like never before.

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