Iowa STEM Evaluation Report

STEM Evaluation Report Indicates Progress and Opportunities

The STEM Council released the 2019-2020 Iowa STEM Evaluation Report, which highlights the statewide impact of STEM Council’s programs on PreK-12 students and teachers across the state. The independent assessment examines eighteen indicators ranging from student interest in STEM, public support of STEM and postsecondary majors and career trends in STEM.

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Students learning about robots

STEM BEST Application Opens

The STEM Council is now accepting applications for the STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) Program, which brings schools and businesses together to provide students with real workplace experiences while earning academic credits. The opportunity is available to Iowa public and non-public school districts and buildings serving students in grades K-12.

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2021 Iowa STEM Teacher Award Recipients

Six Educators Recognized for Outstanding STEM Teaching

Six educators, one from each of the STEM Regions in Iowa, were recently awarded the 2021 Iowa STEM Teacher Award.

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The STEM Advisory Council met in January 2020 to define priorities for the years to come.

STEM Council Vision Sharpened in 2020

January 31, 2020, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council set about defining a course for the years to come. Strategizing commenced with small group discussions as to top priorities on the horizon. Over thirty imperatives were brought forth to be voted on, the highest frequency few to be advanced to action-planning. Five essentials rose to the top:

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STEM Essential Podcast Season 3

Iowa Leaders Star in STEM Essential Podcast: Vaccination, by STEM!

The STEM Council launched the third series of its podcast, STEM Essential. The theme of this series, sponsored by Accumold, is “Vaccination, by STEM!” and features Iowans on the front lines behind developing, distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines.

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STEM Council team members were in the Capitol Rotunda sharing STEM’s return on investment as part of STEM Day at the Capitol.

Sharing Impact at STEM Day at the Capitol

A scaled-back, health-secured STEM Day at the Capitol was held on February 17.

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Regional STEM Advisory Boards and the STEM Network Team met to collaborate on future priorities and opportunities.

Excellence Across STEM Regions: Mega-convening of Regional Boards

More than 80 Iowans, made up of board members from each of the six STEM Regions and the STEM Network team, joined the Regional STEM Advisory Boards Virtual Mega Meeting earlier this month. The focus of the meeting was to share insights, exchange best practices and discuss future priorities and opportunities, thereby assuring a smooth landscape of excellence across the regions.

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Twelve innovative Scale-Up Programs are available for the 2021-2022 academic year. Apply today!

STEM Delivers Fresh, New Scale-Up Menu

Soon after the STEM Council was established in 2011, the idea was fleshed out by a committee for a system that shares some of the nation’s best STEM lessons, labs, kits, software and professional development with PreK-12 students and educators in school, in afterschool programs and in other educational settings, especially targeting those most in need.

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Corteva hosted Norwalk High School Teacher Sarah Hunt for a STEM Teacher Externship last summer.

Prepare the Future Workforce through STEM Teacher Externships

Business and industry have been helping Iowa develop the next generation of high-demand workers since 2009 through the Iowa STEM Teacher Externship Program. This six-week summer program matches educators with business hosts for a unique learning experience where classroom learning can be applied to local career opportunities.

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Wendy Batchelder, Chief Data Officer for VMware, co-chaired the STEM Council’s Career Exploration & Guidance working group.

MVP for Iowa STEM: Wendy Batchelder

With a passion for data science and equity, Wendy Batchelder applies her professional background and personal experiences to her role on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

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