St. Theresa in Des Moines was named a STEM BEST Program partner in 2018. The award funds helped open a Makerspace.

Nineteen STEM BEST Models Taking it Up a Notch

Building a culture to grow and expand workplace experiences, the STEM BEST Program encourages teachers and industry professionals to work side-by-side on curriculum and projects that give students actual workplace experience and an understanding of the opportunities and required skills for career

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The latest STEM Gem poster features Youth and Special Services Librarian Tyler Hahn.

Iowa’s Latest STEM Gem to Provide Career Inspiration

Nearly every career path has STEM components that are integral to the job, even careers that are often not associated as having an emphasis on STEM. For Tyler Hahn and the Cherokee Public Library, STEM has opened doors of possibility.

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Iowa STEM Council Corporate Partners

Iowans Well-Served by STEM Public-Private Partnership

The STEM Council engages nearly 100,000 students and thousands of educators each year to increase interest and achievement in STEM studies and careers through programs, events and messaging.

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Students participate in Pint Size Science

What a Difference a Year Makes: STEM in 2019

In 2019, the STEM Council provided countless opportunities to educators to help inspire Iowa’s young people to become innovative, enterprising contributors to our future workforce and the quality of life in our communities. Here are a few highlights.

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STEM BEST® Program model Ankeny Orbis spoke with school board members and administrators at the IASB Convention.

Growing STEM BEST ® Community Invites New Partners

The STEM BEST® Program continues to demonstrate momentum through growth and impact of the program in school districts across Iowa.

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Bob Grant, a mathematics teacher at Storm Lake High School, completed a STEM Teacher Externship in 2019

Workplace Hosts Needed for Expanding Externships Program

Planning for the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program is gearing up for Summer 2020. Each summer, educators are matched with business hosts where they learn about career opportunities that use the skills students are learning in the classroom while addressing needs of local workplaces.

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Students at Kingsley-Pierson Elementary take part in the Computer Science is Elementary project

Compute to Compete: 12 Elementary Schools Blaze a Trail

Planning and implementation are well under way for 12 awarded Computer Science is Elementary schools, a joint project of the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

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John Glenn Elementary Makerspace made possible through STEM Council Scale-Up Program

Scale-Up Starts a STEM Buzz at School

When John Glenn Elementary fourth grade teacher Jarrett Bertog applied for the STEM Scale-Up Program Making STEM Connections provided by the Science Center of Iowa, he was looking for ways to incorporate hands-on STEM learning into his classroom curriculum.

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STEM BEST Program

Collaboration Between Schools and Businesses Grow

Iowa’s STEM imperative continues to grow with the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council welcoming 13 new models to the STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Student
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Differentiated Math Centers is one of three mathematics Scale-Up Programs awarded to educators for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Council Helps Make Mathematics a Magnet to STEM

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council sought out top mathematics education programs last summer and selected three to help support educators in making mathematics a magnet to STEM study and careers.
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