Approximately 200 Iowans showcased their contributions to STEM through 32 in-school and out-of-school displays in the Iowa Capitol Rotunda for STEM Day at the Capitol on February 13. The displays included STEM Scale-Up Program Providers, STEM BEST Program Partners, STEM Seal of Approval awardees, Iowa STEM Network Hub Institutions, youth agencies, nonprofits and more.
Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg acknowledged the progress made by this group and emphasized the importance of STEM education in Iowa. STEM Council Co-Chair and Accumold President and CEO Roger Hargens thanked exhibitors for their tireless work and dedication to advancing STEM in the state. Special guest United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu provided a national perspective. In a uniquely STEM-like fashion of bipartisanship, Senator Bill Dotzler, Senator Chris Cournoyer, Representative Cecil Dolecheck and Representative Dave Jacoby each shared their own observations and experience with the STEM Council’s progress in earning their support as key in producing Iowa’s next generation of skilled innovators.
Kemin Industries Vice President and General Counsel Libby Nelson rallied attendees around what has become a signature program of the STEM Council, recognizing six outstanding Iowa educators, one per STEM region, who earned the 2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, generously sponsored by Kemin Industries. All leaders remained at the podium to congratulate the six honored teachers.
Between the exhibitors and the legislators invited, the Capitol Rotunda drew in a large crowd focused on the STEM happening around Iowa. The event was generously sponsored by Collins Aerospace and Vermeer Corporation.