STEM Day at the Iowa State fair

“Nothing Compares” to STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair

Some people come for the butter cow. Some people come for the carnival rides. Yet, on the last day of the Iowa State Fair, thousands of people took a detour from the regular attractions to take part in a family-fun STEM experience on the Grand Concourse.

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Deb Dunkhase

MVP for Iowa STEM: Deb Dunkhase

An early champion for out-of-school or informal STEM, Deb Dunkhase helped win STEM Council support for the programs happening in Iowa’s museums, libraries and other popular places for students after the school day ends.

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Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to Teacher Externs

Teacher Externs to bring the world of work back to classrooms this fall

For teachers, there is no better way to kick off the school year than with a new lesson plan in hand completely inspired by a summer spent chin-deep in the world of business and industry.

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Dr. Chris Nelson, new STEM Council co-chair, recognizes teachers for the 2015 STEM Education Award

Welcome, Dr. Chris Nelson

Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson will serve as co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council starting this month. Appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad, Nelson succeeds Vermeer CEO and Chair of the Board Mary Andringa, who completed her two-year term as STEM Council co-chair in May.

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Iowa educators work with new STEM Scale-Up program, National STEM League: TEN80

The race is on: STEM Scale-Up Professional Development accelerates across the state

This month marks the start for dozens of STEM Scale-Up program trainings for a couple of thousand PreK through 12 educators ready to teach, prepare and inspire more than 100,000 young Iowan minds with new STEM skills and projects.

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Pat Barnes

MVP for Iowa STEM: Pat Barnes

John Deere Inspire’s Pat Barnes has also inspired the STEM Council from day one through the development of the initiative to its widespread success throughout Iowa.

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Hiawatha Elementary students plant raised beds as a part the "Agriculture in the Classroom" program

Four more programs earn the STEM Council Seal of Approval

In June the STEM Council endorsed four more STEM programs in Iowa with the Seal of Approval that continues to recognize great STEM programming happening organically across the state.

Since the Seal of Approval’s launch in March, a committee of the STEM Council has reviewed and approved nine programs, including the four recently added:

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Iowa's STEM Council co-chair Mary Andringa is recognized by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

STEM Culture of Excellence: Andringa Legacy

Ben Franklin advised that if we want something done, it’s best to ask a busy person. Governor Branstad acted on that advice in 2013 by approaching Mary Andringa to co-chair the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council alongside Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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Student panelists discuss STEM effort at the 12th STEM Council

STEM Council draws FY2015 to close, kicks of FY2016 with flare

The 12th meeting of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council began with closing the books on end-of-fiscal-year business to begin anew for the innovative and exciting developments to come in the year ahead for STEM in Iowa.

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STEM Council Executive Committe Member Rob Denson speaks in Ankeny

BEST practices in business-education partnerships paid forward

No more “take a seat” or “open your textbooks.” Instead, “get to work” is what students can look forward to when they enter STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) classrooms popping up across Iowa thanks to partnerships driven by the STEM Council. Strategies for success in bridging the business-education chasm were aplenty at the first-of-its-kind STEM BEST event this month.

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