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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