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Defined STEM.  Educators can infuse Project Based Learning with real world STEM scenarios into their classrooms. 
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The Results are IN...
Year One of STEM Scale Up is being heralded as a success in bolstering student interest AND achievement in STEM fields.  How do we know?  With much thanks to our Scale UP STEM implementers, you can now read a 248 page STEM Monitoring Report detailing the accomplishments of Scale Up 2012-2013.

In My eSTEM-ation:
In My eSTEMation,
If you give a kid a fish, she'll eat for a day.

If you teach a kid to fish, she'll eat for a lifetime.


However, if you let that kid investigate a local fish population, working alongside regional experts in fish management in the local aquatic environment---she may develop a love of STEM which will launch a career in sustainable resources, with the goal of feeding the whole planet.


I am increasingly convinced that an essential component of STEM education is the inclusion of locally relevant problem solving. In my eSTEMation, this is the hook which will capture the minds and the hearts of our youngest problem solvers. We need to match STEM-mentors with teachers and students, and then encourage everyone to jump into the deeper waters of collaborative, student-centered, problem-based learning.


STEM challenges are real, and real challenges often involve failure, messiness and unexpected complications (anyone who has ever gone camping knows the truth of this statement). The role of the STEM professional is to help students press through the inevitable set-backs, ultimately establishing precisely the sort of tenacity (i.e. grit) that Iowa's future demands.


In my eSTEMation, Iowa should cast the STEM-net in deep water, bringing together STEM business partners, non-formal educators, teachers, learners and some local, fresh, "catch of the day" problem solving. 


Kari Webb
NW Iowa STEM Regional Manager
Iowa Lakes Community College, NW Hub
Kids + Summer = STEM-Camp! 
(Posted: Aug 09, 2013 3:12 PM CDT) 
Robot Programming and GPS navigation.  These may sound like components of an advanced technology course, but in fact, Siouxland kids have been experimenting with these all week at Gear-Tech-21 Camp.
The 4-day camp held at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon is a part of Governor Terry Branstad's STEM initiative to get kids interested in math and science.
  See the video, HERE.
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