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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Fairgoers flooded the Grand Concourse to participate in hands-on STEM activities during STEM Day at the Fair.

STEM Activities Engage Families at Iowa State Fair

From traditional fair experiences of farm animals, food on a stick and talent shows to innovative STEM activities including robots, virtual reality tennis and aquaponics, the 2022 STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair had something for everyone.

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The STEM Council and Iowa Authentic Learning Network are partnering to offer a network for work-based learning.

STEM Council and Iowa Authentic Learning Network (Iowa ALN) Team-Up on Career-Linked Learning

The STEM Advisory Council and Iowa Authentic Learning Network will be partnering to provide monthly Digital Network Parties to bring together preschool through grade 12 educators and practitioners of career-linked learning experiences.

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