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Contact the STEM Hub
Lynne Campbell
North Central Region

STEM Manager
3630 4-H Extension Building
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50010

515-710-1381 (cell)
515-294-1521 (office)
Skype: lynne.campbell33  

Twitter: @lcampbell3 #iastem   

Upcoming Events



April 12
Iowa State University


April 14  

World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute
Iowa State University


April 18 and 19 

Professional Development  

Wonders of Water 

Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines

Friday 4:00-9:30
Saturday 8:00-5:30


April 19
Computational Thinking Competition
Iowa State University
Hilton Coliseum

April 25 and 26
 IT-Olympics 2014
Iowa State University
Pearson Hall

May 2
Deadline for LEA Scale-up

May 16
Monitoring for 2013-2014 Scale Up Recipients due

June 9-July 25, 2014

CBiRC  Research Experiences for  High School Teachers
Iowa State University

July 7-11, 2013 
CBiRC Workshop for Elementary Biorenewables Workshop
Parkview Middle School
Ames CSD

July 7-July 25, 2013

Summer Academy for Middle School Teachers
Iowa State University
July 14-18, 2014
CBiRC  Workshop for Elementary Plants in Society Workshop
Parkview Middle School
Ames CSD

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has identified these nine STEM programs for "scale-up" in 2013-14. 

A World in Motion (AWIM)

Camp in a Can Show & Tell 


 Carolina STEM Curriculum  


 CASE - The CASE for Agricultural STEM Education in Iowa: Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders, Today   


Defined STEM 


 E=HC² Exploration = Health Careers Connection 


 Engineering is Elementary
in Iowa (EiE)

Technology Hub for Iowa Students


 Project Lead The Way: Gateway to Technology Program

The clock is ticking......
Apply Now! 2014-15 Scale-Up Programs 
Deadline is May 2, 2014

The following program were selected as Scale-Up programs:
A World in Motion
The CASE for Agriculture Education in Iowa
Defined STEM
Engineering is Elementary
FIRST Tech Challenge
KidWind Renewable Energy STEM
SCI Pint Size Science
Project Lead the Way: Engineering
Project Lead the Way: Gateway

School districts, nonpublic schools, after-school programs and other active learning communities serving students may apply.

To learn about the Scale-Up programs visit:

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds hold STEM Town Hall
at Marshalltown

Gov. Terry Brandstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds hosted a Town Hall meeting at Fisher Elementary in Marshalltown on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.  The focus of the program was to showcase STEM Scale-Up programs that are implemented in the Marshalltown Community School District.

Lt. Governor Reynolds participated in the demonstration of several Scale-Up programs. When the Lt. Governor asked if the students liked math, science and technology their arms shot up. One young girl proudly proclaimed she would be a chemist when she grows up.  


It is obvious that by implementing STEM Scale Up programs in our schools and collaborating with business and industry we are preparing our next generation for STEM careers.    


Congratulations to the Marshalltown CSD, businesses  

and community for growing STEM Programs!   


April 9, 2014 - Iowa State University President Steven Leath said the remainder of VEISHEA will be cancelled following riots overnight that left a student seriously hurt.  "I'm here really to express my extreme disappointment and sadness over the Campustown incident," said Leath.  Leath said safety has to be the No. 1 concern. 
"It's with mixed feelings, I have decided to suspend the remainder of this VEISHEA," said Leath. Events ended at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. 

The future of the event will be reviewed by a task force committee that will be formed, Leath said.  Leath said that despite numerous attempts to move and retool the event, problems continue.  Leath said he talked with former ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, the mayor and police chief of Ames, student groups and others about how to move forward.  

Featured Scale Up:  Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. The project-based aspects of the PLTW curriculum give students a chance to apply what they know, identify a problem, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning, rather than be passive recipients of information in a question-and-answer, right-or-wrong learning environment. When students understand how their education is relevant to their lives and future careers, they get excited, and that is why PLTW students are successful. 

To Learn more more about PLTW please view the links below: 

Project Lead The Way YouTube Page

Program Videos: Project Lead The Way Video

Scale-Up provider offers webinars

Defined STEM is a Scale-Up program that is currently being implemented regionally for the 2013-2014 (current year) in the North Central STEM Region   and is offered as one of the Scale Up provider for 2014-2015. 

Defined STEM's standards align performance tasks, literacy tasks, and real-world video enable students to see the relevance of K-12 topics through real-world careers and themes. Each resource allows students to apply knowledge in real-world scenarios, leading to deeper understanding of concepts, and preparing them for college and/or 21st century careers.

Defined STEM can be used to support the following initiatives currently happening in schools:  1:1 Schools, 21st Century Skills, Argument Based Inquiry, Authentic Assessment, Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW), Concept Based Teaching, Disciplinary Literacy, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Performance Assessment Tasks, Project Based Learning (PBL), Rigor and Relevance, Standards Based Instruction, Understanding by Design (UbD).  Defined STEM can also be used to in conjunction with other Scale Up programs as well. 

Defined STEM is hosting a series of live webinars this spring for those who would like to learn about Defined STEM in general as well as the new features that include the Curriculum Standard Grid, Professional Videos, and Group Collaboration Tools. 

Please note that all educators (formal and nonformal) in the North Central Region can continue to implement Defined STEM though June 30, 2014. Resources can also be download and edited for future use.   Funding decisions for 2014-2015 will be made in May and will be announced when the Scale-Up recipients are notified.

Friday, April 25 (noon to 5:00)
Saturday, April 26 (8:00 to 4:00)
Hilton Coliseum

Come join the fun! 
You will see 700 High School students
competing in a variety of challenges
related to:

Game Design: 27 teams
Robotics: 72 teams
Cyber Defense: 30 teams
Multimedia: 26 teams
You will see many of Scale-Up program
HYPERSTREAM teams in action! 

Scale-Up Showcase:
Experience Health at
Cedar Valley West, Mason City, Prairie Valley

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative, launched by Gov. Terry Branstad for students in grades K-12, sponsored a day-long learning program, the Experience Health Scale-Up  at Cedar Valley West (pictured), Mason City, and Prairie Valley High Schools. 

The program was lead by medical teaching faculty and med students from Des Moines University.  EMS providers from each community's local Fire Department also participated.  The Scale Up provider is Experience Health lead by Micki Paulson. 

Over 200 students who are studying anatomy, physiology and advanced biology at the schools implementing this Scale-Up program will participate in these activities.

Medical stations included information about human organs in which actual organs were shown and explained to the students, suturing, listening to heart beats and looking at CAT scans.

EMS stations covered immobilizing patients with spinal injuries, trying out cardiac monitors and learning about an ambulance, inside and out.

Each district implementing this Scale Up has opportunities to experience a Mini-Medical Day (shown), as well as an Aging and Empathy Day and a visits to the local hospital and community colleges. 

"This Scale-Up provides students with terrific opportunity to experience what is like to be a health career professional and exposes students to the life science aspects of STEM-related careers," commented Lynne Campbell, North Central STEM Network Manager.


2013-2014 Scale Up Recipients

Progress Monitoring due May 16  

"Scale-Up Monitoring" reflects the 3 activities that are being done to evaluate Scale-Up programs in Iowa and is one of the contract expectations of having received Scale-Up funding. These 3 Scale-Up Monitoring activities are to be completed by each teacher/leader who implements a Scale-Up program in their classroom or organization.

The 3 activities include:  


1) teacher/leader survey   

2) compiled student participant list 

3) student surveys

The Scale-Up Monitoring link takes you to a dedicated site which hosts all the instructions, documents, survey instruments, spreadsheets, and links that implementers will need to complete the 3 STEM Scale-Up Monitoring activities.   

  Featured Board Member:    

Camille Sloan Schroeder 


Camille Sloan Schroeder oversees Engineering K-12 Community Outreach for Iowa State University College of Engineering. She serves as the Project Lead The Way Affiliate Director at Iowa State University, as well as the Director of Iowa FIRST LEGO and Junior FIRST LEGO League.  


Camille has worked for Iowa State University College of Engineering for over  fourteen years building STEM precollege programs and serving in roles related to recruitment of first-year and transfer undergraduate students. She has extensive experience in leadership, program creation and implementation, working with K-12 schools, administrators, teachers, parents and students, as well as the private sector and donors through numerous STEM initiatives. She is inaugural director of PLTW and FLL/Jr.FLL in Iowa.  


She volunteers time to community organizations, serves as a member of the Ogden Board of Education, PEERS Advisory Board, as well as the North Central STEM Hub Advisory Board. Camille and her husband, Craig, live in rural Boone County with their four children.