STEM showcased at the Statehouse

Governor Terry Branstad speaks at the annual STEM Day at the Capitol
Governor Terry Branstad acknowledges the progress in Iowa STEM at the annual STEM Day at the Capitol earlier this month.

With the goal of showing Iowa lawmakers how far STEM in Iowa has come while having quite a distance yet to go, the STEM Council alongside partners in STEM from across Iowa impressed legislators (and each other) with hands-on, interactive and student-focused learning innovations at STEM Day at the Capitol.

Sponsored in part by John Deere, Pella Corp. and Rockwell Collins, the Feb. 19 event featured 33 exhibits from STEM Scale-Up programs and the students engaged in them to a few of our dedicated corporate partners, higher education institutions, youth agencies and nonprofits. Governor Terry Branstad with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Senator Brian Schoenjahn began with remarks reflecting on the importance of STEM education and the state’s passion to continue the STEM Council’s work toward achieving “STEM for all.”

“It’s pretty exciting to see how far we’ve come in such a short period of time,” Governor Branstad said at the event. “Giving all students a world-class education must include first-rate STEM education and STEM opportunities.”

Between the exhibitors and the legislators invited, the Capitol Rotunda drew in more than 350 people focused on the STEM happening around Iowa. Watch this short video for an inside look on the day’s event and the people involved. Send an e-mail to if you would like to be involved in similar events in the future.

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