STEM Council Celebrates 10th Anniversary

10th Anniversary Reception for the Iowa STEM Council with people grouped at tables.
Foundation Analytical Laboratory, Director of Technical Services/Owner and STEM Council Co-Chair Diane Young shares future outlook for the STEM Council at the 10th anniversary reception.

For ten years, the STEM Council has been focused on increasing interest and achievement in STEM studies and careers, as well as providing opportunities that inspire Iowa’s young people to become innovative, enterprising contributors to our future workforce and the quality of life in our communities.

In addition to the students and educators impacted by the STEM Council, many Iowans have been involved behind the scenes. Hundreds of Iowans have served on the STEM Council and Regional Boards over the years, with countless more having served on committees, working groups and task forces of the Council. 

With a decade of reaching Iowans through STEM education opportunities, the STEM Council has much to celebrate. A reception was hosted for stakeholders and individuals who have been involved in the STEM Council’s ten years of impact. 

A brief program featured STEM Council Executive Director Jeff Weld who shared overarching principles and goals of the STEM Council. STEM Advisory Council members Pat Barnes, John Deere Citizenship and Foundation Group Senior Global Program Officer, Education & Equity; Kacia Cain, Winterset High School College Genetics and Microbiology/College Anatomy & Physiology Teacher/DMACC adjunct professor; and Rob Denson, Des Moines Area Community College President, provided insights of the early hopes and dreams of the STEM Council that set the stage for reaching nearly one million Iowans to date through STEM programs and events. 

Foundation Analytical Laboratory Director of Technical Services/Owner and STEM Council Co-Chair Diane Young shared her perspective on the future of innovation and opportunity through the STEM Council and her vision of reaching more Iowans with STEM education.

While there has been much progress, there is still work to be done. For more information about the STEM Council and how to get involved, visit

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