Future Ready Iowa Regional Summit

STEM Council Takes Part in Regional Summits

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is pleased to support the Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits taking place across Iowa this fall to help further the goal of preparing Iowa’s future workforce.

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MVP for Iowa STEM: Teri Vos

MVP for Iowa STEM: Teri Vos and Vermeer Corporation

The STEM Council focuses on helping grow the next generation of innovators and makers. Those attributes are at the heart of this month’s MVP for Iowa STEM, Teri Vos, Community Relations Manager for Vermeer Corporation. Vos has actively served on the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council since 2015.

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Students at a computer

New STEM Council Project Announced

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently announced a new project to launch six innovative computer science elementary schools. The six high-poverty schools will be competitively selected to transform existing buildings with engaging computer science instruction. This will create more opportunity for their students, including real-life work experiences with area employers.

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Program Nominations Open

Nominations Open for I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Program

Do you know a teacher doing outstanding work in the STEM fields? Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Program. Nominations are currently being accepted through Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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Youth take part in STEM Scale-Up Program

Innovation Fund Application Opens September 4

A goal of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is to support research-based STEM education proven to promote, inspire and engage youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce youth and their parents to careers through STEM.

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Child interacts with STEM Day at the Fair exhibit

STEM Day at the Fair was a Blue Ribbon Day

While the Iowa State Fair caps the summer for many Iowans each year, STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair offered many exciting demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities to get students and families excited for the school year.

Held on August 19, STEM Day at the Fair featured 23 exhibiting partners, six stage acts and eight corporate sponsors.

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Training for Computer Science Principles

Educators Take Part in STEM Scale-Up Program Training

Hundreds of Iowa educators from across Iowa are taking part in STEM Scale-Up Program training for implementation of the programs this fall. Nearly 600 STEM Scale-Up Program applications were awarded, impacting nearly 100,000 students during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Forum

Forum Caps Record Year of Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

After a record-setting year in the number of externs, a passionate group of educators, business hosts and mentors filled the room at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus for the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Year-End Forum to share experiences and collaborate on how to incorporate those experiences into their classrooms.

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NASB STEM Report

NASBE Report Highlights Iowa as an Exemplary STEM Model

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) released a report on how states can improve STEM learning through revised standards, special diplomas and promotion of partnerships. This is a critical element for the future of our state and nation as suggested by the following indicators:

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Future Ready Iowa

Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits Announced

Registration opened earlier this month for nine Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits. The day-long events will offer the opportunity for education, business, economic development and community partners to collaborate and develop strategies for local workforce solutions.

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