As the gears of schooling re-engage across Iowa, STEM plays a bigger role than ever. Three hundred twenty-six Iowa school districts have by now taken part in one or more programs of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. Most have implemented world-class STEM curriculum or kits through the Council's Scale-Up initiative; many have built school-business partnerships through the Council's STEM BEST program; and others have joined in on Code Iowa, Teacher-Externships, IT Academy, regional STEM Festivals, STEM Professional Development, and other offerings. The common thread across partners and programs is a commitment to active, applied, collaborative, integrated and community-connected learning that has generated higher math and science standardized test scores and increased interest among participants across grade levels, gender, race, and geography. Two open windows present an opportunity to engage with Iowa STEM:
1. Iowa’s network of eighteen school-business partnerships called STEM BEST will be expanded by sixteen more this fall. Proposal deadline is September 15, at https://iowastem.gov/stembest/proposal
2. The generous Kemin Outstanding STEM Teaching Award nomination period is open now until October 6 at https://stemaward.fluidreview.com/
Iowa enjoys a STEM state of mind. Please consider joining or building upon our partnerships.
Jeff Weld, executive director
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council