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New STEM Council Project Announced

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently announced a new project to launch six innovative computer science elementary schools. The six high-poverty schools will be competitively selected to transform existing buildings with engaging computer science instruction. This will create more opportunity for their students, including real-life work experiences with area employers.

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Nominations Open

Nominations Open for I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award

Do you know a teacher doing outstanding work in the STEM fields? Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award. Nominations are currently being accepted through Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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Youth take part in STEM Scale-Up Program

Innovation Fund Application Opens September 4

A goal of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is to support research-based STEM education proven to promote, inspire and engage youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce youth and their parents to careers through STEM.

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Child interacts with STEM Day at the Fair exhibit

STEM Day at the Fair was a Blue Ribbon Day

While the Iowa State Fair caps the summer for many Iowans each year, STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair offered many exciting demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities to get students and families excited for the school year.

Held on August 19, STEM Day at the Fair featured 23 exhibiting partners, six stage acts and eight corporate sponsors.

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Training for Computer Science Principles

Educators Take Part in STEM Scale-Up Program Training

Hundreds of Iowa educators from across Iowa are taking part in STEM Scale-Up Program training for implementation of the programs this fall. Nearly 600 STEM Scale-Up Program applications were awarded, impacting nearly 100,000 students during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Forum

Forum Caps Record Year of Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

After a record-setting year in the number of externs, a passionate group of educators, business hosts and mentors filled the room at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus for the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Year-End Forum to share experiences and collaborate on how to incorporate those experiences into their classrooms.

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NASB STEM Report

NASBE Report Highlights Iowa as an Exemplary STEM Model

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) released a report on how states can improve STEM learning through revised standards, special diplomas and promotion of partnerships. This is a critical element for the future of our state and nation as suggested by the following indicators:

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Future Ready Iowa

Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits Announced

Registration opened earlier this month for nine Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits. The day-long events will offer the opportunity for education, business, economic development and community partners to collaborate and develop strategies for local workforce solutions.

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High School Registered Apprenticeship Playbook Press Conference

High School Registered Apprenticeship Playbook Available Online

Representatives from business, nonprofits, government, education, media and other sectors filled the room at the Career Academy of Pella earlier this month for the introduction of the High School Registered Apprenticeship Playbook.

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Iowa STEM Teacher Externship Orientation

Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Climbing to New Heights

In its 10th year, the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program reached record-setting enrollment with 74 teachers signed up for immersive six-week experiences. Teachers recently gathered throughout the state to kick off their six-week Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience with program orientation.

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