To enculturate, sustain and spread STEM thinking, the STEM Council created the Seal of Approval to recognize and support programs and events that help achieve STEM Council goals, yet are not under the STEM Council umbrella.
Two more programs have received the Seal of Approval in 2021, for a total of four programs so far this year and 27 programs since the Seal’s inception in 2015.
CornCon Cybersecurity Conference and Kids’ STEM Camp
To address the need for cybersecurity professionals in Iowa, CornCon hopes to help provide training to inspire students to consider a cybersecurity career and keep talent in our state. This annual two-day cybersecurity conference is designed to inspire both kids and adults in STEM learning and resources. CornCon approaches STEM as interdisciplinary and teaches mathematics, problem-solving, cybersecurity, internet safety, engineering, team building and more. Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of registration.
Future City Iowa
NewBoCo began hosting this annual program in 2017, which features project-based learning opportunities for middle school students to design futuristic cities with sustainability solutions. Youth learn 21st Century and STEM skills to promote innovative problem solving. Future City Iowa is part of the worldwide Future City Competition, which engages more than 45,000 middle school students each year. The Future City Iowa program culminates with a regional competition. Grant funding allows for the participation fee to be waived for all Iowa teams.
For more information about the STEM Council Seal of Approval, visit www.iowastem.org/seal.