Contact the STEM Hub
North Central Region
3630 4-H Extension Building
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50010
Informational Webinar about
Scale-Up Provider Proposals
North Central Region
Advisory Board Meeting
ISU Extension 4H Building
2 - 4 pm
Libraries / Non-formal PD
AWIM & Defined STEM
Mason City and Iowa Falls
9 am - 12:30 pm
Algona and Webster City
2:30 pm - 6 pm
Scale-up Provider Proposals
Drake University, Des Moines
Curriculum Jam ISU Memorial Union
Governor's STEM Advisory Council's
New Look and Message
The next newsletter will have a new look with a new logo and message: Greatness STEMs from Iowans.
With only 26 percent of Iowans understanding what STEM stands for - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - a public awareness campaign is launching this week to inform more Iowans about the importance of STEM-related education.
Selected this summer through an RFP process, West Des Moines-based Strategic America was chosen to design the public awareness campaign that will focus on making sure students in Iowa are competitive with those in other states and countries when it comes to STEM education and interest. This interest and achievement will be needed in the next 10 years, as projected STEM-related job growth will increase by 16 percent due to the recovering economy and our growing reliance on technology.
"We look forward to rolling out our new brand to students, families, educators, corporate partners and others in the coming weeks because we believe all interested parties will connect with the idea that Greatness STEMs from Iowans," said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is co-chairing the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. "The new logo leverages the STEM acronym and prominently ties it with our state's roots, which is important because STEM is a vital economic development advantage for Iowa."
Call for Proposals for
STEM Scale-Up Providers for 2014-15
submitted by 5:00 pm on January 20,2014. For more information, please contact Jeff Weld, executive director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council at email@example.com.
For a link to the press release, click here.
Governor Branstad is immersed in STEM at Howgan SCC in Marshalltown
Marshall county education leaders discussed innovative STEM-related business education partnerships with Governor Branstad. According to North Central STEM Hub Manager Lynne Campbell, "Building STEM-focused business and education partnerships are very important to Governor Branstad. These Marshalltown area partners are re-thinking the way that business and education collaborates to increase STEM opportunities that improve both education and the workforce. The result is a win-win situation for all partners."
This partnership grew out of a meeting with Howgan SCC President / CEO Scott Haugen and Education Director Suzanne Gauch and Defined STEM CEO Johnjoe Farragher and CFO Joel Jacobson. The leaders at Defined STEM agreed to tape footage at Howgan SSC, Mid-Iowa Cooperative, and Summit Farms to capture STEM innovation at these businesses. The footage was used to develop material to be included the bank of resources at Defined STEM, a scale-up provider for the Governor's STEM Initiative. To review the Iowa Agriculture series please click this link and you'll be prompted to sign into Defined STEM.
That initial meeting developed into a partnership that now includes Marshalltown School District, Marshalltown Community College as well BCLUW / GMG, East Marshall, and West Marshall schools, Iowa State University College of Design, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This partnership includes a proposed mobile learning environment that features virtual reality and 3D printing, new training programs at Marshalltown Community College, and STEM professional development.
According to Campbell, "It has been rewarding to see how an initial conversation about scale-up program transitioned into a community-based approach to improve educational opportunities for both students and adults."
STEM Training for Non-Formal Educators
Forty-seven non-formal educators gathered at the Iowa State University Alumni Center on October 30 to engage in an immersive and interactive STEM training. Librarians, home school educators and ISU Extension & Outreach staff learned about two of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council's scale-up programs: A World In Motion and Defined STEM. Participants were strategically grouped according to geographic region in order to foster relationships with potential collaborators in delivering these programs to their constituents.
A World In Motion is a hands-on program that addresses science and engineering concepts in grades K-3 and has a strong literacy focus.
The workshop included training on four kits:
Rolling Things, Straw Rockets, Pinball Designers (pictured) and Engineering Inspired by Nature.
These kits will be used by libraries to provide STEM learning experiences and will be available to
to support programming needs of non-formal educators such as Extension and Outreach Staff and local clubs, as well as formal educators such as home school teachers and parents and tradition classroom teachers.
Defined STEM is a web-based resource that features literacy tasks, performance tasks and real-world videos. Defined STEM provides opportunities for K-12 students to see the relevance of STEM concepts as they relate to real-world careers.
For more information about implementing Defined STEM please contact Lynne Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop received very positive reviews by the participants. According to Jay Staker, STEM 4-H Program Specialist at Iowa State University, "This STEM Hub training that brought library, 4-H, home school and classroom educators together created an exciting new conversation around STEM, expanding the reach beyond the traditional classroom."
Additional workshops will be held on January 16th in Mason City and Iowa Falls from 9-12:30 pm and Webster City and Algona from 2:30pm - 6pm.
Please contact Tracie Miller at email@example.com for more information.
Featured Board Member:
Superintendent Ben Petty
Ben Petty is currently in his third year as the superintendent of the BCLUW (Conrad) and GMG (Garwin) School Districts. Prior to this position, he was the high school principal at BCLUW. Before moving into administration, Ben was a science teacher and coach at Manson Northwest Webster. In addition to the STEM Advisory Board, he serves on the UNI Principal-Superintendent Advisory Council, as an instructor for the Iowa Superintendents Finance and Leadership Consortium, and as a regular presenter at the Iowa 1:1 Conference. Ben lives in Conrad, with his wife, Sherry and three children. Outside of school, he enjoys paddling, fishing, and cycling.
Why are you willing to serve as a Board Member for the NC STEM Hub?
As a former science teacher, I've always had a great interest in improving STEM opportunities for students, and believe that a key component of Iowa's future economy depends largely on preparing our students to be successful in careers in these fields. Regardless of a student's intended career area, I think it's important to address the problem-solving, analysis, and creativity skills that can be fostered through effective and innovative practices in STEM-related classes and programs.
What do you hope that the Initiative can collectively accomplish?
I think it was a major accomplishment for the STEM Advisory Council to be able to support and fund so many new and innovative STEM programs in its first couple years of existence. In my own two districts for example, we were able to secure grant funding for scale-up programs such as KidWind, A World in Motion, and First Lego League. I've seen first-hand the level of engagement and interest that staff and students have had working hands-on in these activities.
In the future, I'd like to see a continued emphasis on STEM programs that stress active learning and "real-world" applications of knowledge. In the area of technology, I'd like to see Iowa schools have a greater emphasis and state support in areas of programming and software design. Many students know how to "use" multiple types of software programs, but I think it's increasingly important that students also have a greater understanding of how to "create" programs. At BCLUW and GMG, our staff are engaging many students in the Hour of Code initiative the second week of December. I think this is a great way to help introduce students to programming concepts, and hopefully spark interest to learn more about computer science.
DuPont Pioneer Grant Opportunity:
DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year. DuPont Pioneer believes that CASE places proven tools in the hands of those who are strategically positioned to help end world hunger - agricultural science teachers. Their important work in and out of the classroom inspires future scientists, who will discover innovative and sustainable ways to improve agricultural productivity.
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) empowers teachers for student success by providing inquiry-based educational experiences, which enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter. Concepts are taught using activity, project, and problem based instructional strategies and build skills in the areas of science, mathematics, and English. As an added bonus, this effort ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.
Schools may apply for grants up to $5,000 for CASE Institute registration and travel, purchase of equipment to be used in CASE courses, and/or acquisition of software to implement a CASE course. An interested teacher should work with school administration to ensure the necessary level of commitment to the CASE program and to complete the application form. Follow this link for more information and the application.
The 2014 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is accepting entries through January 31st. In its 28th consecutive year, the DuPont Challenge essay contest encourages students to consider how science and innovation can be used to meet the needs of the 21st century for food, energy and protection.
"Education is at the core of strong communities everywhere. A strong foundation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) encourages students to think critically about how scientific discovery, innovation and invention can be used to meet the needs of our society," said Benito Cachinero-Sánchez, senior vice president of DuPont Human Resources. "How to fulfill nutritional needs, increase available energy and protect people and the environment is what the scientists at DuPont strive to solve every day. The DuPont Challenge inspires students to examine these issues and become passionate about results as they explore potential solutions and share them through their essays." More