Iowa youth gain awareness and excitement for STEM through STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair, among other events and programs led by the STEM Council each year.

Letter from Executive Director

Dear Iowa STEM Community,

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Students from the Clarinda School District demonstrate how they make computer science come to life with STEM Scale-Up Program Storytime STEM-packs.

Thirteen STEM Programs Selected to Scale in Iowa

Educator applications have opened for the STEM Scale-Up Program which provides access to exemplary STEM educational opportunities for students throughout the state. These programs are some of the top in the nation and offer a diverse range of STEM activities to nearly 100,000 students each year. The application period closes on February 28, 2023, at 6 p.m.

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Students from the Linn-Mar Venture Academics, a STEM BEST Program, gain non-traditional, project-based learning experiences in job sectors that are in high demand.

Thirty-Seven School Districts to Join STEM BEST Community

Thirty-seven Iowa school districts will join or expand offerings in the STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program to provide students with real workplace experiences. Since STEM BEST launched in 2014, 155 partnerships have been created or expanded to help introduce students to businesses and career opportunities in Iowa, while also gaining high-demand skills.

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Blake Fehringer, Le Mars High School Skills and Technical Sciences Teacher, took part in a STEM Teacher Externship experience at Interstates.

Teacher Externships Connect Classroom Learning to Careers

Iowa's educators have considerable influence in equipping tomorrow's workforce with

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Dr. Duhita Mahatmya, research scientist at the University of Iowa, is featured on the latest STEM Gem poster to inspire students and create awareness of STEM careers.

The 2023 STEM Gem of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Each year, an Iowan of distinction in STEM is selected to be featured on a classroom poster distributed to thousands of teachers across the state. Career-linked learning helps students connect the dots between skills learned in the classroom and real-world application. Dr.

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STEM BEST Program Boone Edge provides a work-based learning continuum of awareness, exploration and training in partnership with employers and higher education institutions.

Making STEM Class Matter by Tying to World of Work

Work-Based Learning (WBL), a phrase coined by the U.S. Department of Labor for career-technical education, is fast becoming mainstreamed into Iowa’s STEM classes as Career-Linked Learning (CLL). And for good reason: WBL, or CLL, is a potent instructional mode for contextualizing the learning of content and skills across subjects K through 12.

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STEM Council Member Louis Moreno featured in Computer Science career video.

Computer Science is for Everyone

STEM learning often begins early. Louis Moreno, an IT Support Analyst at Ruan and STEM Advisory Council member, recalls an interest in computer science from a young age, beginning with a curiosity of how his video games worked. In high school, he had more opportunities in the computer science field, including a Registered Apprenticeship in information technology (IT).

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Pi515’s Tech Mentorship Program and Iowa 4-H’s Nutcracker Ballet + STEM received the STEM Council’s Seal of Approval for their contributions that help to enculturate, sustain and spread STEM thinking.

Two Programs Stamped with STEM Council Seal of Approval

The STEM Council aims to increase interest and achievement in STEM and prepare students for career paths in STEM fields. STEM experiences can happen almost anywhere. The STEM Council established a Seal of Approval to support and acknowledge programs and events unaffiliated with existing STEM Council programs that help achieve STEM Council goals.

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