Dr. Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, was the keynote speaker at the 2019 STEM Teacher Externship Forum.

Celebrating Ten Years of STEM Teacher Externships

The 2019 STEM Teacher Externship Forum capped another record-breaking summer and the tenth year of STEM Teacher Externships. Nearly 100 teacher externs, extern mentors and workplace hosts attended the event held at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus (DMACC). 
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Tricia Reichert, science teacher at Emmetsburg High School, is a STEM Teacher Extern at MaxYield Cooperative

Seeing More in Your Fields Through STEM Teacher Externships

Tricia Reichert, Emmetsburg High School science teacher, is completing a six-week Iowa STEM Teacher Externship with MaxYield Cooperative this summer. In line with MaxYield’s mission of “Seeing More In Your Fields,” she has been tasked with assisting this progressive cooperative with “seeing more” in their young agronomy interns in terms of recruitment and retention.

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Educators take part in STEM Scale-Up PD

Summer Scale-Up Professional Development Heats Up in July

As the weather heats up in July, so does the professional development trainings for the STEM Scale-Up Program. More than 1,200 Iowa educators will be taking part in these trainings to prepare for implementation of a Scale-Up Program during the coming school year. 

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Ottumwa High School SparkTank, a STEM BEST® Program model, assisted Wapello County Emergency Management Agency with the developm

STEM BEST Program Sparks Success in Iowa Schools

As part of the STEM BEST® Program, Ottumwa High School launched SparkTank in August 2018. This project-based experience connects students with local businesses and organizations, allowing students to solve real problems in authentic learning environments, while becoming immersed in a professional culture.

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Students participate in computer science learning

Computer Science is Elementary Adds Six More Schools

Six additional elementary schools received $50,000 grants each to transform themselves into models of innovative computer science instruction through a joint project of the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
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Iowa STEM Regional Managers

Regional STEM Managers Translate Policy into Practice

This coming summer, hundreds of Iowa educators will participate in professional development associated with the STEM Scale-Up Program of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
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Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Tenth Year a Record-Setter for Teacher Externships

Ten years ago, ten Iowa workplaces took a leap of faith, inviting high school STEM teachers into shops, plants, labs, worksites and offices for six-week externships.
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Bridging Business and Education through STEM BEST

Currently, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is accepting applicationsfor new STEM work-based learning models, known as the Iowa STEM BEST®(Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program A total of 50 STEM BEST® Programs have been awarded
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2019 STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships Summit

2019 STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships Summit

The STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships: Governor's 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit brought together leaders from across the state to discuss innovative education-workplace partnerships emerging across Iowa. 
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Regardless of where they live, Iowans are ever more likely to have read, seen or heard about STEM education.

Adult Iowans' Evolving Attitudes toward STEM

This year’s annual survey of Iowans, conducted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), indicates growing awareness and support for STEM education. This seventh year, 1,006 randomly selected citizens were asked their perceptions of STEM in both English and Spanish.

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