Advanced Manufacturing Month Activities

Manufacturing Day logo

October brings an emphasis on the world of manufacturing and the quickly changing demands of that portion of the workforce. Technology and highly specialized skills have opened many new and interesting positions in the Iowa workforce. Elevate Iowa has partnered with businesses and training programs throughout the state to offer dozens of opportunities for visits during October. Read more about Advanced Manufacturing Month Activities

Nothing Compares to STEM Day at the Fair

Students participate in STEM activities at the Iowa State Fair

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Iowa's First-Ever STEM Professional Development Palooza

Educators at Waukee Innovative Learning Center

They came from all four corners of the state, representing elementary, middle and high school as well as college and out-of-school learning. All shared a common curiosity: how to amplify STEM in their classrooms and communities. Read more about Iowa's First-Ever STEM Professional Development Palooza

‘Fast-Track Iowa’s Future’ Conference a success

Fast-Track Iowa's Future Conference is packed.

More than 550 community leaders from all sectors of Iowa assembled at the Events Center in Des Moines on June 21 to learn, develop and grow localized school-business partnerships with the goal of inspiring and preparing students for STEM careers. Read more about ‘Fast-Track Iowa’s Future’ Conference a success

Iowa well-represented at international FIRST® Championship

FIRST Tech Challenge teams compete at FIRST Championship in St. Louis.

The ultimate goal for some 52,000 teams participating in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) across the globe from 86 countries is navigating the qualifying pathway to reach the FIRST Championship held in St. Louis last month. Read more about Iowa well-represented at international FIRST® Championship

STEM Prominent in Scaling Work-Based Learning

Photo of NGA core team

Since late 2015, a core team of Iowans representing a broad spectrum of agencies has been working in concert with peers in five other states to scale work-based learning (WBL) in high-demand fields. Read more about STEM Prominent in Scaling Work-Based Learning

Mega-meeting is a mega-hit for harnessing regional STEM success

Mega-Meeting

Iowa’s STEM Council recognized early on the uniqueness of each of the six STEM regions they created in 2012. Their founding vision was that a statewide STEM program cannot thrive as a “one-size-fits-all” model. Read more about Mega-meeting is a mega-hit for harnessing regional STEM success

Teacher Leaders huddle over STEM

Now that teacher leaders and instructional coaches dwell in schools throughout the state, an ideal partnership is in the making between Iowa STEM and building-level lead instructors. A robust roster of 440 such pivot-point educators in the areas of mathematics and science, as well as in the applied fields of technology and engineering, were accrued with the help of superintendents across Iowa. Read more about Teacher Leaders huddle over STEM

Family STEM festivals connect communities

A robust statewide STEM effort requires the support of all Iowans from parents, students and educators to city leaders, higher education experts and business and industry professionals. Creating an avenue for this wide array of audiences to intersect and collaborate on STEM is one mission of the STEM Council. Read more about Family STEM festivals connect communities

Bringing STEM to the Capitol

Executive branch leaders and state legislators took more than a moment on February 16 to pause from the weighty matters upstairs in the Senate and House chambers to celebrate something they created and continue to generously support—Iowa’s statewide STEM program. Read more about Bringing STEM to the Capitol