Iowa Waste Exchange was one of many exhibitors at the Northeast Iowa STEM Festival held in Manchester, Iowa, who engaged local youth and community members in hands-on STEM activities.

Inspiring Communities in STEM

From medical and flight simulations to virtual welding and robotics, community STEM Festivals provide fun learning experiences for all ages. Held throughout the year in each of the six STEM regions, STEM Festivals feature businesses and educational organizations local to the communities in which they are held.

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The STEM Advisory Council works together to advise and guide the state’s edu-nomic quest of inspiring Iowa’s youth to be innovative and enterprising contributors to our future workforce.

STEM Advisory Council Welcomes New Members

Governor Kim Reynolds recently appointed four new members to join the STEM Advisory Council, including Thomas Dodds, Site Manager at BASF; Michelle Hill, Director of Work-Based Learning at Waukee APEX; Sara Lang, Senior Director of Engineering at Collins Aerospace; and Leah Rodenberg, Senior Program Manager at Alliant Energy.

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Students of No Boundaries Middle School (NOBOMS), a STEM BEST Program, assemble furniture for their room redesign.

STEM BEST = Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is a phrase coined by the U.S. Department of Labor to label learning experiences for students in a workplace setting. The STEM BEST Program is one of many work-based learning, or what STEM leaders call career-linked learning, opportunities available through the STEM Council.

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Teachers participated in Scale-Up Program professional development with Iowa Leadership in Engineering Design (ILED) over the summer.

STEM Program Providers Scale Up

Each year, the STEM Council seeks to provide top STEM education opportunities to all learners. With the intent to seed, jumpstart or expand little-known and exemplary programs proven to inspire and educate PreK-12 students, the STEM Scale-Up Program selects outstanding STEM programs through a rigorous review process.

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NASA Astronaut Colonel Raja Chari shared future-ready guidance to Iowans at the 2022 Future Ready Iowa Summit in Des Moines.

Future Ready Iowa Summit - All Options on the Table

More than 600 Iowans registered for the 2022 Future Ready Iowa Summit – All Options on the Table to ask and to answer the most challenging questions facing our edu-nomic future.

“It’s our job to push our educational innovation to new heights,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in her opening remarks as she encouraged all participants to take one idea from the Summit and put it into action.

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The STEM BEST + HD Program application opens October 3.

Students to Develop High-Demand Skills with STEM BEST + HD Program

The application period is quickly approaching for the STEM BEST + HD (High-Demand) Program. Beginning October 3, public and non-public K-12 school districts and school buildings can submit an application to launch or expand a business partnership model to provide students with career-linked learning experiences.

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31 STEM scholarships were awarded this fall for the RAPIL Program and STEM Latest Information for Teachers (LIfT).

STEM Scholarships Support High-Quality STEM Education

Two scholarship opportunities are available to maintain high-quality STEM education in Iowa. The Regents Alternative Pathway to Intern Licensure (RAPIL) Scholarship is offered to professionals enrolled in the RAPIL Program who are pursuing an Iowa teaching license in STEM fields.

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Spencer High School STEM BEST Program students travel to local work sites with high-demand jobs.

Three Work-Based Learning Plans to Serve as Statewide Models

Career-linked learning, also known as work-based learning (WBL), is an effective tool for educators to link what is taught in the classroom to what is needed to thrive as employees and contributing members of the community. Skills and habits ranging from punctuality to problem solving and collaboration to critical thinking may best be acquired in the context of jobs and work.

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Results of an annual random survey of adult Iowans conducted by the UNI Center for Social

STEM Council Impacts Last Year: Progress, Challenges

The annual evaluation report of Iowa’s STEM Council for last year, 2020-2021, is now available. The following are some of the key findings within.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022-2023 Iowa STEM Teacher Award.

Nomination Period Opens for Recognizing Outstanding STEM Teachers

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is again partnering with Kemin Industries for the ninth year of the Iowa STEM Teacher Award. Nominations opened August 21, 2022, and will be accepted through Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

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