Straight Outta STEM Council

For the founding members of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council it likely comes as a mild shock to be reminded that last month marked the STEM Council’s fourth anniversary.

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Northeast Community School district use new space for STEM BEST program

Twelve more business-education partnerships set to innovate

The Iowa STEM network that has helped nurture, grow and establish four STEM Redesigned Learning Environments (RLE) and five STEM Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST) models in the state during the last two years has now awarded 12 more of these business-education partnership prototypes in Iowa.

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Gaining ground on the STEM endorsement

Teachers and teacher candidates in Iowa now have the option of picking up an endorsement to teach STEM thanks to a collaborative effort of the STEM Council and the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE).

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Valerie Newhouse

MVP for Iowa STEM: Valerie Newhouse

This month’s MVP for Iowa STEM is a true leading lady in “STEM for all,” powering momentum behind local, regional and statewide STEM efforts through various roles on and off the STEM Council.

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Howard-Winneshiek Community School District students particpate in ST Math, Scale-Up program

Using the “T” to teach the “M” — ST Math scales across Iowa

It is not your typical kindergarten classroom. Although full of the boundless energy of youth, the room is so quiet you would hear a pin drop. Every child is seated, eyes glued to their iPads, headphones on, some smiling and some intently focused on reaching the next level in a game called, ST (Spatial-Temporal) Math.

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MVP for Iowa STEM: Kemin Industries

Kemin Industries, known for its “inspired molecular solutions,” inspires STEM solutions as well in partnership with the STEM Council by serving as an example for business and industry partners who wish to help ignite young Iowan minds toward STEM careers.

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103 Iowa STEM advocates attend the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council

STEM Council Meeting XIII focuses on how to sustain Iowa STEM foundation

Two heads are better than one—or rather in this instance—103 heads. The STEM Council convened for the 13th meeting alongside invited regional STEM advisory board members and other stakeholders to develop new ideas on advancing and sustaining the state’s STEM effort.

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Iowa State Representative Dave Jacoby speaks to STEM leaders

Together = Better: Midwest STEM leaders compare notes

Iowa’s third annual convening of neighboring state STEM leaders and partners was a charm. Twenty-five champions representing Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Utah (honorary Midwesterners!), alongside Iowa with partners from ACT®, John Deere, Rockwell Collins and Vermeer flipped open their playbooks.

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Results are in: Strong year for Iowa STEM!

Iowans have come to trust and depend on the independent assessment of Iowa STEM each year by the inter-university consortium of Iowa State University’s Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Program, and the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR), lead organization.

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