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

Mary Trent to serve as northwest regional STEM manager

Mary Trent

Starting in mid-March, Mary Trent will serve as the northwest regional STEM manager headquartered at Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC). Read more about Mary Trent to serve as northwest regional STEM manager

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

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

“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