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A monthly newsletter from the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council | May 2013

North Polk Winners
All four video submissions from Alleman's North Polk Central Elementary received awards at the 2013 Iowa Student STEM Film Fest.  (From L to R: Nora Aschoff, Flint Vernon, Elly Parker, Amy Thuelen, Ana Grandgeorge, Chloe Laizure, Jasmine Lambert and teacher advisor Vivian Schwab.) To see a complete list of winners, click here. 
Lights! Camera! Action! 
First Iowa Student STEM Film Fest a "Hit"

Complete with paparazzi, popcorn and a "Hollywood-style Walk of Fame," 150 young producers, actors, their parents and teachers attended the first Governor's STEM Advisory Council's Iowa Student STEM Film Fest at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines on Sunday, May 5, 2013. The red-carpet event "premiered" 90-second films from twelve Iowa schools demonstrating what STEM means to them.   (continued...)
Gov. Branstad, Ben Allen, Lt. Gov. Reynolds
Having guided statewide STEM since the beginning shoulder-to-shoulder with Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, President Ben Allen's two-year term ends on a high note. (From left to right: Governor Terry Branstad, University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.)
Krista Tuckek, a second grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary, demonstrates STEM to her students through the STEM Scale-Up Program A World In Motion (AWIM)
Krista Tuchek, a second-grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary, demonstrates STEM to her students through the STEM Scale-Up Program A World In Motion (AWIM).
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation recently granted Iowa a first-of-its-kind State STEM Evaluation award.

A Fond Farewell to Governor's STEM Advisory Council
Co-Chair Ben Allen

On a blustery January morning in 2007, faculty and staff in mathematics and science from across the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) campus were convened by President Ben Allen to hammer out a vision for what would become the precursor to the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. (continued...) 

Crestwood Elementary Engineers Scale-Up


Both students and teachers at Crestwood Elementary, part of the Howard-Winneshiek School District,

have had a great year experiencing the STEM Scale-Up Program, A World in Motion (AWIM). AWIM was implemented in the first- and second-grade classes

Iowa Receives $1.2 Million Federal STEM Grant


Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced this month that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a 3-year, $1.2 million grant to an evaluative consortium assembled by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Executive Director Jeff Weld.

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