Iowa STEM BEST Partner brings STEM reality to the classroom

Assumption High School students experiencing virtual reality made possible by the STEM Best award.

“It’s making learning real.”

This is how Wendy Martin, a science teacher at Assumption High School in Davenport, talks about how her school’s STEM BEST partnership with VictoryVR, a Quad Cities technology company, is changing the way students learn about STEM careers. Read more about Iowa STEM BEST Partner brings STEM reality to the classroom

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Top programs to STEM-spire at least 86,000 young Iowans come fall

Southwest Regional STEM Advisory Board

April always comes with a fresh start—budding leaves, blooming flowers and for Iowa STEM, a new garden of programs ready to grow across Iowa for youth through the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program. Read more about Top programs to STEM-spire at least 86,000 young Iowans come fall

STEM Quality Pre-Apprenticeships to stoke Iowa’s workforce pipeline

For the majority of Iowans who did not enjoy an apprenticeship enroute to employment, the concept might conjure memories of Johnny Tremain from high school history class. Read more about STEM Quality Pre-Apprenticeships to stoke Iowa’s workforce pipeline

National Science Foundation funded state STEM evaluation wraps up

When the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a request for proposals from across the country for states to compete for funds to design an evaluation system for STEM, the STEM Council was just a year into operation and poised to be the laboratory rat for other statewide STEM initiatives. Read more about National Science Foundation funded state STEM evaluation wraps up

Five ways Iowa’s STEM Scale-Up Program works

Drop in to just about any school across Iowa this week and somebody’s bringing a world-class STEM experience to students through the five-year-old STEM Scale-Up Program initiative of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Read more about Five ways Iowa’s STEM Scale-Up Program works

Local workplaces seeking STEM teacher expertise

If you are a teacher, you have probably wondered how your mathematics or science topics are used behind the walls of the manufacturing plant across town, or what kinds of roof-beam geometry and cement wall chemistry the construction crew uses to build that bridge up north or those new lofts downtown. Read more about Local workplaces seeking STEM teacher expertise

Putting STEM first in the FIRST Robotics Competition

FRC Team in West Delaware County Community School District

You might think it takes an Einstein-like mind to build a robot from scratch—or at least some years studying the craft. Yet, a program offered on the 2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Program menu is making it common for high school students to be the new, young minds behind these innovations. It’s called, “FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).” Read more about Putting STEM first in the FIRST Robotics Competition

Thousands learn to program through Code Iowa

Grant Wood Elementary School receives Code Iowa Technology Award

The room is eerily quiet. Students’ eyes are glued to their computers, geared up with headphones and a mouse to take on the challenge. Suddenly, a young girl’s hands go up in the air as she yells, “Yes! I did it!”

That’s the “Hour of Code.” Read more about Thousands learn to program through Code Iowa

“Making STEM Connections” in and out of classrooms

Making STEM Connections at Milford Memorial Library

STEM learning often takes place beyond school classrooms. Other outstanding venues where kids learn STEM include museums, camping trips with their scout troop, at the zoo or on a 4-H outing and certainly among the book stacks at libraries. Read more about “Making STEM Connections” in and out of classrooms

STEM BEST® Partners triple in two years

STEM BEST Juniors and Seniors

Around this same time in 2014, the STEM Council first welcomed the inaugural five STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Partners to the team. Read more about STEM BEST® Partners triple in two years

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