2017-18 STEM Scale-Up Program Menu

Click on the program titles below for more information about each program.

A (*) Indicates new programs offered for the 2017-18 academic year


Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) - Agricultural Power and Technology
Description: Students are immersed in inquiry-based exercises that tie in the math and science of agricultural mechanics and engineering. Throughout the course, students apply technical skill while becoming competent in the process used to operate, repair, engineer and design agricultural tools and equipment.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
Contact: Joshua Remington, Iowa FFA Foundation, joshua.remington@iowaffafoundation.org
For more information: http://www.case4learning.org/
Additional information: Find out how to align this course with RAI and/or high school graduation requirements at www.IowaSTEM.gov/AgisSTEM.

Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
Description: Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a rigorously-researched, classroom-tested curriculum that increases students’ interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE is designed to encourage all children—including those from underrepresented groups—to envision themselves as potential engineers. The EiE Curriculum is the nation's leading engineering curriculum for grades 1-6.
Grade Level: 1-6
For Settings: In school and out of school
Primary Contact: Christopher Soldat, Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center, csoldat@gwaea.org
Secondary Contact: Dianne Kelley, Engineering is Elementary, dkelley@mos.org
For more information: http://www.eie.org/

Engineering the Future (EtF)*
Description: Engineering the Future (EtF) is a modular, full-year, 8-12th grade curriculum of introductory engineering and technological literacy for all students, including women and minorities and any career aspiration. The specific module being offered, "Project 1.0: Design the Best Organizer in the World," provides students the opportunity to design, build and test prototypes while empowering them to apply math, science and engineering practices, work creatively and collaboratively, communicate and experience the engineering design cycle in real-world design and physics applications.
Grade Level: 8-12
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Liz Pabon, It's About Time, lpabon@iat.com
For more information: https://www.iat.com/courses/engineering/engineering-the-future/

FIRST Robotics Competition
Description: High school students call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense, six-week time limit, teams of 10 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Marcy Seavey, University of Northern Iowa, seavey@uni.edu
For more information: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc or check out this Google Drive folder with a presentation and video

Making STEM Connections
Description: The Science Center of Iowa’s "Making STEM Connections" program provides a kit, including tools, teacher resources and lessons to inspire the “makers mentality” through highly-engaging, interactive and safe experiences. Building upon the natural inclination to tinker, this program empowers participants to explore STEM principles and 21st Century Skills as they design, create and make.
Grade Level: K-8
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Jolie Pelds, Science Center of Iowa, jolie.pelds@sciowa.org
For more information: http://www.sciowa.org/makingstemconnections

PowerTeaching Math
Description: Developed by Johns Hopkins Researchers, PowerTeaching Math is the leader in cooperative learning mathematics instruction helping teachers transform their classrooms environments to engage ALL students.
Grade Level: 6-8 and Algebra 1
For Settings: In school
Contact: Bonnie Darby, Success for All Foundation, bdarby@successforall.org
For more information: http://www.sfapowerteaching.org/

Project Lead The Way (PLTW): Launch
Description: The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. As students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering and biomedical science, they apply and reinforce the knowledge and skills they've acquired in core academic areas.
Grade Level: K-5
For Settings: In school
Contact: Terry Ausman, Project Lead The Way, tausman@pltw.org
For more information: http://www.pltw.org

Ramps and Pathways*
Description: Ramps & Pathways (R&P) is an NSF-funded, developmentally-appropriate and classroom-tested approach to integrative STEM that engages young children. R&P is designed to nurture engineering habits of mind as children build their own technology of marble runs; a type of Rube Goldberg machine. In the process, children grapple with the laws of physics, properties of objects, how those properties affect motion and engage in spatial thinking.
Grade Level: PreK-2
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Beth D. VanMeeteren, Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education, UNI, Regents.center@uni.edu
For more information: http://www.rampsandpathways.org

Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math
Description: Created by the social benefit organization MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software offered as a whole-class instructional supplement and designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain to promote mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding.
Grade Level: K-6
For Settings: In school
Contact: Tom Allen, MIND Research Institute, tallen@mindresearch.org
For more information: http://www.mindresearch.org