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Northwest Iowa Educators are Hungry for STEM

Last week an avalanche of applications rolled in from Northwest Iowa educators, hungry for STEM. 

Nearly three hundred applications will be reviewed by the NW Advisory Board, and selection decisions announced in early May. 

One NW Iowa teacher stated, "In my 28 years of teaching I have not had materials like the STEM materials to excite my students.  I am a firm believer in getting kids engaged, and I feel that I have done a good job of this over the years. But this unit is the best that I have seen! "
April 17, 2013
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Scale Up Reporting
One of the most essential aspects of the 2012 Scale-Up will be reporting and evaluating the impact of the work.  If you are a grant recipient, you hold the key to our future!  Be sure to submit your Scale Up reports here, using the guidelines from your Hub manager.  Thanks for helping us continue to grow and improve for Scale-Up 2013! 

In My eSTEM-ation:

In my eSTEMation, we have reached a "turning point" in Iowa STEM because of one single, undeniable and beautiful fact:  we are growing.

 

Growing is good.  It means more programs, more funding, more challenges, and-most importantly-more people!  The excitement surrounding the Governor's STEM initiative in Northwest Iowa has resulted in a wave of iExplore STEM festivals, challenge events, teacher professional development opportunities and kids in classrooms, dreaming of becoming engineers.

 

Growing is good.  It requires us to navigate complex issues together, transitioning through the Greiner Curve and surviving the "crisis points" as an organization.  This is important work, and it must not fail.   The growth of the Governor's STEM Initiative relies on coordination, collaboration and even extra-organizational solutions as we partner across the state and the nation. 

 

Growing is good.  The STEM seeds planted by early Iowa workers are now sprouting.  STEM is ready to branch out and blossom...

 

      ...and in my eSTEMation, that will be good. 


Kari Webb
NW Iowa STEM Regional Manager
Iowa Lakes Community College
NW Hub for the Governor's STEM Initiative

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