Governor's Future Ready Iowa Summit

Governor’s 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit

Approximately 1,000 leaders from education, business, nonprofits, government and other sectors gathered in Des Moines for the Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit earlier this month. The day focused on transforming education and the workforce, including:

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FIRST Robotics Competition

A Behind the Scenes Look at the FIRST Robotics Competition

The recently held 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) offered a glimpse into the future through the eyes of high school students. Referred to as “the ultimate sport for the mind,” FRC challenges high school students to build and program industrial-sized robots that then participate in field games against competitors.

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STEM Festivals

Communities Come Together for STEM Festivals

STEM graduates are in great demand to meet Iowa’s current and future workforce needs. Continuing to increase STEM interest and achievement in Iowa is made possible through the support and engagement of local communities throughout the state.

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ACT annual STEM report

The State of STEM in Iowa

The fifth ACT annual STEM report confirms there is still work to be done to increase awareness and interest in STEM in Iowa. Based on ACT® test findings:

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Iowa STEM Council Seal of Approval

Three Awardees Receive Seal of Approval from STEM Council

The STEM Council launched the Seal of Approval in March 2015 to recognize programs and events taking place throughout the state that align with STEM Council goals and are unaffiliated with existing STEM Council programs. Seal of Approval awardees are able to use the Seal for promotion, funding and other types of support.

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STEM Day at the Capitol

Hundreds Assemble for STEM Day at the Capitol

Nearly 200 representatives from an array of 34 in-school and out-of-school STEM programs and partnerships from across Iowa assembled on Valentine’s Day in the State Capitol Rotunda to extend their heartfelt thanks for the steadfast support from Iowa’s state leaders, the legislature and the Iowa citizenry and to showcase their contributions to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathe

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Recipients

During the STEM Day at the Capitol program on February 14, the 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients were recognized. In her remarks Libby Nelson, vice president and general counsel at Kemin Industries, expressed how proud Kemin Industries is to have sponsored the I.O.W.A.

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Iowa Governor signed executive order number one

Executive Order Establishes Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning

An Executive Order signed by Governor Kim Reynolds for the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning will help expand student and business work-based learning opportunities.

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Waukee high school students

Preparing Students for the Future

In an effort to help expand Iowa’s talent pipeline, initial models have been set in motion to help students identify skills and paths to pursue specific careers and gain necessary certifications and competencies for local employers. These models will helps students gain employable skills and recognize the opportunities that exist in their own backyard.

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Cindy Dietz

Furthering STEM Momentum in 2018: A Letter from the Interim Executive Director

I am honored to have the privilege of serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Iowa STEM Advisory Council this year in Jeff Weld's absence.

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