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

Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation reflects on the Borlaug legacy in Iowa for attentive listeners (left to right) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. 


Roots of Iowa STEM Extend to 

Borlaug Wheat Fields  

Imagine what it would mean to farmers and consumers if the yield of an Iowa crop were to double within five years. That is exactly what Cresco native and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug did from 1965 to 1970 through the application of his methodical genetics research on wheat.  Famine in many parts of the world became a thing of the past thanks to new disease resistant and high yield strains that kicked off the 'green revolution'.   (continued...)

Iowa STEM Public Service Announcement
Iowa native and Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann is featured in the Governor's STEM Advisory Council's new STEM PSA.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds answer questions from kids at Fisher Elementary School in Marshalltown, Iowa.



HyperStream students meet with their mentor from Principal Financial Group.
Awareness Campaign Takes More Steps Forward


This week the Governor's STEM Advisory Council took another step ahead in moving STEM awareness forward by launching a 30 second public service announcement (PSA) across the state.  The PSA features Iowa students filmed at Central Academy and the Downtown School of Des Moines. It is one piece of a multi-faceted public awareness campaign initiated by the Council in partnership with Strategic America.


Since the partnership began in August and the official campaign launch on December 9, the campaign has made great strides in media coverage, messaging and heightened awareness of STEM in Iowa. 
Lt. Governor Leads Statewide STEM Town Halls


On March 6, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds began the first of six stops across the state's regions to discuss the importance of giving students great STEM education.  Three tour stops in Mt. Pleasant, Marshalltown and Spencer have already taken place, highlighting the progress being made by the Council. The tour stops also showcased student presentations of STEM activities and programs and sought feedback from community members about the ways in which the Council can continue to improve and set priorities moving forward. 


"Having the opportunity to engage with the students, parents... (continued...)

Principal Financial Group is All in on STEM


The Principal Financial Group is a leading global financial company offering a range of retirement solutions, insurance and investment products headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. They are one of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council's great partners, and it's clear with the business they run, why they have a clear sense to make STEM work well in Iowa.   


Principal's Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Gary Scholten, serves on the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee... (continued...) 


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