Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council

New Members Appointed to Council

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is comprised of 50 members throughout Iowa, including leaders in education, business and industry, nonprofits and state and local government officials. This body of individuals helps guide the overall direction of the STEM Council to increase student interest, enhance engagement and improve STEM achievement in Iowa.

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Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council Meeting

STEM Advisory Council Guides Path Forward

Focused on enriching the lives of Iowans through STEM education, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council met on November 20 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus.

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Students working on computers

Computer Science Education Week Brings Focus on Important 21st Century Skills

Computer Science Education Week, held the first week in December, shines a light on the fundamentals of coding, generates interest in the subject and helps students realize how these skills can help meet future career needs.

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Teresa Green

STEM Teacher Spotlight: Teresa Green

The North Central STEM Region’s 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award honoree is Teresa Green, a technology teacher librarian at Edwards Elementary School in Ames.

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STEM BEST Program

Thirteen new partners join STEM BEST® Program

The STEM Council Executive Committee voted unanimously to award 13 of 23 proposed new or expanded STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program partnerships.

These newly added partners bring the total to 50 partnerships in Iowa, since the inception of the program in 2014.

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STEM Scale-Up Program Evaluation

Iowa students, teachers benefit from STEM

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently released the 2017-2018 Iowa STEM Evaluation Report. This independent evaluation measures the STEM Council’s progress toward increasing student interest and achievement in STEM education and workforce development in Iowa.

Highlights of the report include:

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Computer science is Elementary

Computer Science is Elementary Application Details Available

Application details are now available for Computer Science is Elementary. The project will transform six high-poverty elementary schools across Iowa into models of innovative computer science instruction by the 2020-2021 school year. A growing number of jobs require computer science skills.

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award

STEM Teacher Spotlight: Jacquie Drey

The Northwest STEM Region’s 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award honoree is Jacquie Drey, a 4th grade teacher at Storm Lake Elementary School. Drey believes that science is more than a school subject. She has integrated STEM learning into her classroom and paved the way for creating a lifelong interest in STEM fields.

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STEM Festival

Get involved in Fall STEM Festivals

As the temperatures begin to get cooler, warm up the mind with hands-on STEM activities for the entire family. Fall STEM Festivals are held in multiple communities throughout each of the six STEM regions. While each festival is unique, they all include educational and entertaining activities designed to increase interest in STEM.

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Iowa STEM Teacher Externship Program

Workplace Hosts Sign-up for 2019 STEM Teacher Externship Program

Part of the mission of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is to provide work-based learning opportunities. The Iowa STEM Teacher Externship Program is a unique opportunity for workplaces to build mutually beneficial partnerships with some of Iowa’s talented STEM educators and impact the future workforce.

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