Monthly News of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council | February 2014

Sixth grade students at Lewis Central Middle School explore the quality of their 

water after an oil spill using their Engineering is Elementary (EiE) materials. 


Featured Scale-Up: Engineering is Elementary 

While students of Burke Swenson's sixth grade STEM class at Lewis Central Middle School were only seven or eight at the time of the BP oil spill that rocked the nation in 2010, those same students now are understanding the implications of that spill with their oil spill unit from Engineering is Elementary (EiE), one of nine Governor's STEM Advisory Council funded Scale-Up programs of 2013-14.  (continued...)

Join the conversation on STEM at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

A student of the HyperStream program, one of the Council's nine Scale-Up programs in 2013-14, explains her robotic guitar to Lt. Governor and Council co-chair Kim Reynolds.



A fourth grade student at Lincoln Elementary School shows Dr. Kumano the contents of his STEM notebook.
Join Iowa's STEM Champions for March 28 Statewide STEM Conference


Mark your calendars for March 28 for what is sure to be a great day in STEM! The Third Annual Statewide STEM Conference will be held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines from 8:45am- 4:30pm.


The day's events will include a profile of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council programs and setting the course for the future of STEM in Iowa. Iowa native, Ben Milne, founder of Dwolla, will keynote the event, and a panel of middle-schoolers will give us their impressions. (continued...)

STEM Day at the Capitol Review



On February 13 the Governor's STEM Advisory Council convened on the Capitol Rotunda for STEM Day at the Capitol.  The day was filled with over 30 exhibits from education, business and non-profit sectors.


STEM day kicked off with Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Senator Brian Schoenjahn speaking about the importance of STEM to Iowa's students and economy. All three had the opportunity to examine the demonstrations at various exhibits throughout the day.  (continued...) 

Japanese Contingent Visits Iowa to Learn about STEM


Iowa had the unique opportunity to share its innovative insights with Japan from February 6-8 as Dr. Yoshisuke Kumano, professor of science education at Shizuoka University in Japan, led a delegation of Japanese scholars to explore the formula of Iowa's successes in STEM education.


Dr. Kumano has a long-standing relationship with Robert Yager, University of Iowa professor emeritus of science education in the College of Education.



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