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Lt Governor Reynolds in National Town Hall

Last week marked an official launch of the STEMConnector Town Hall to discuss and officially launch the national report, Where are the STEM Students? What are their Career Interests? Where are the STEM Jobs? The webinar presented a panel discussion on the key findings of the report, and its role in helping to solve the STEM pipeline crisis. Listen to the Town Hall meeting here.  Note that Lt Governor Kim Reynolds is introduced at minute 33:25.
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February 1, 2013
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FEBRUARY 6, 2013 is... 
...STEM Day at the Capitol

The Governor's STEM Initiative is proud to announce a STEM Education Showcase from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM on February 6th, 2013.  Over forty exhibitors featuring the best of STEM in Iowa will make this an event you won't want to miss it! Governor Branstad will give a keynote address at 1:00 PM.  For more information, contact INFO@iowastem.gov
In My eSTEM-ation:

In my eSTEMation, one of the unexpected side-effects of the Governor's STEM initiative is giving teachers permission to be creative with science and math.  That may sound counter-intuitive at first:  people usually don't think of science or engineering as "creative" disciplines. In fact, some worry that a STEM emphasis might stifle kid's imaginative efforts.   They write me letters and send me links advocating STEAM instead of STEM (with the "A" for art).  And, quite frankly, they are correct in the sense that true STEM work must be right-brained as much as it is left-brained, creative as well as constructive. 

 

I wish we could invite STEAM advocates to one of our STEM professional development training sessions.  Teachers play.  There is a lot of laughing.  We design and test and re-invent the wheel.  We become makers and producers instead of receivers and consumers-and that is the magic of STEM. See for yourself!

 

Traditional math and science training invokes a "don't make mistakes" mentality that is often difficult to shake.  It's no wonder that teachers (and consequently, students) need to be given permission to be creative with science and math.   Still, I believe that the Governor's STEM initiative is making genuine strides toward bringing a fresh approach.  Tinkering with LEGO robots, racing solar cars and writing code for new apps can be both artistic and STEMtastic, at the same time.  Rather than simply inserting an "A" into the acronym, we should weave the artistic, creative and innovative spirit of learning in, around and through it all.

 

In my eSTEM-ation, good STEM already is STEAM.

Kari Webb
NW Iowa STEM Regional Manager
Iowa Lakes Community College, NW Hub
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