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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   


The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has identified these nine STEM programs for "scale-up" in 2014-15. 

A World in Motion (AWIM)


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


Defined STEM 


  Engineering is Elementary 

in Iowa (EiE)  


FIRST Tech Challenge

Technology Hub for Iowa Students



Project Lead The Way: Engineering


 Project Lead The Way: Gateway

SCI Pint Size Science

 Upcoming Events


June 9-July 25, 2014

CBiRC  Research Experiences for  High School Teachers
Iowa State University

July 7-11, 2014 
CBiRC Workshop for Elementary Biorenewables Workshop
Parkview Middle School
Ames CSD

July 7-July 25, 2014

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

July 16-17
Middle School
Biorenewable Workshop
North Iowa Area Community College

July 26, 2014
American Solar Challenge
Jack Trice Stadium
1-4 pm

August 6
Hyperstream Training
DMACC FFA Center, Ankeny
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

August 7
Hyperstream Training
NIACC, Mason City
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
August 8
Hyperstream Training
Iowa City, location TBD
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Update:  2014-15 Scale-Up Programs  

With the top priority of boosting student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Governor's STEM Advisory Council has approved 10 high-quality STEM education programs for 2014-15 that will be offered to schools, after-school programs and other settings for grades pre-K through 12.

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


Applications were accepted from February to May with recipients notified in late May.  According to Lynne Campbell, North Central STEM Network Manager, "We are pleased that 267 implementers will use these programs to foster the implementation of a STEM-focused approach to teaching and learning."  


Defined STEM will be implemented regionally again in Year 3 of Scale Up programming.  Any educational agency may attend training and use the program in their formal or non-formal education program.  If you are interested in implementing Defined STEM, please call North Central STEM Hub manager Lynne Campbell at 515-710-1381

Training for PLTW and CASE institutes is in progress.  The professional development for the other programs is yet to be scheduled. Typically, training occurs in late summer early fall.
If you are receiving this newsletter for the first time, you are likely a new scale-up program applicant or implementer.  We hope you will find this newsletter helpful in learning what is going on in this regional hub.  If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, please unsubscribe by following the SafeUnsubsribe link at the bottom of this newsletter, or email Tracie Miller at

The links to each scale-up program are in the sidebar for your information.


Mason City STEAM Festival: 
Full STEAM Ahead

Approximately 300 people attended the inaugural This is STEAM Festival at Mason City CSD on May 29th.

Ashley Flatebo, Carolina STEM Scale Up grant recipient and co-planner of the festival  commented, "The STEAM Festival was a great opportunity for teachers and students to showcase the great work they do during the school year at Lincoln Intermediate.  Being able to network with local businesses gave teachers ways to extend their curriculum through real-life application."

Flatebo teaches 6th grade science and social studies at Lincoln Intermediate in Mason City.  Through Tom Novotony's leadership at Lincoln,  the entire 6th grade will implement a new STEAM-focused approach to teaching and learning. This approach helps students make connections beyond the STEM disciplines because Physical Education and the Arts are will be engaged in this approach.

A doctor from Mercy Hospital
shared laparoscopic
surgery simulations.

 Pete Evans from
Iowa State University College of Design
Demonstrates Innovative Technology
Attendees traveled from room to room to experience first hand how STEAM will impact teaching and learning next year when the STEAM Academy approach is implemented in the 6th Grade. The STEAM activities were hosed by a wide variety of partners including:  businesses from the Mason City area, nonformal partners, such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman house and the McNider Museum.  Activities from several scale up programs including Camp in a Can, Experience Health, HyperStream and Carolina STEM were demonstrated. Iowa State University College of Design showcased their STEAM related activities and Iowa State University Biorenewables demonstrated an app that helps students learn about Biorenewable Energy. 

At the end of the event one lucky participant won an iPad that was donated by ISU Biorenewables.  Of the 300 participants, 120 completed a survey that was used both for the drawing and to collect information about the event.  We were pleased that 100% of the participants who completed surveys indicated that they found the event to be informative and learned something new about STEAM. 

"What a great night for the Mason City Community,"  commented the North Central STEM Network Manager, Lynne Campbell. "Through this event we were able to connect students and parents with teachers, businesses, non formal partners, and the North Central STEM Hub.  That is the true spirit of STEAM:  making real world connections to improve educational opportunities for our youth!" 
Click here for more photos of the event. 

HyperStream Training Dates Announced

According to an announcement made by HyperStream Program Director Tamara Kenworthy, Educators who are implementing the Scale-Up program HyperStream will receive training in August according to the following schedule:

August 6 - DMACC's FFA Center in Ankeny
August 7 - NIACC in Mason City
August 8 - Iowa City (location TBD)
All training sessions will be held from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  

HyperStream has some exciting additions to the training this year.  In addition to a HyperStream overview on the program, the project tracks and the competition, we have added the following:

  • Robotics training session by David Seilstad, ISU Extension - David is a robotics guru and leads many train the trainer sessions, and is also a HyperStream Club Adviser.  
  • Session on "Understanding Youth & Best Practices for Experiential Learning" - led by Annette Brown, Youth Development Specialist with ISU Extension, who leads many sessions on this topic, and is also a HyperStream Club Adviser.
In the near future, a registration link will be sent out by the Technology Association of Iowa to all selected implementers.  

North Central STEM Hub Festival
Iowa State Fair 
Friday, August 8
Join us at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 8 in the 4-H Building as we engage visitors in STEM activities.  Stop by to see us and learn about the exciting STEM programs going on in the North Central STEM Region of Iowa!
Here are some photos from 2013: 
A Special Thank You
for your Service 


The following five board members have served on the North Central Region Advisory Board since July 2012  and the term of their appointment will expire June 30, 2014.  These board members were recognized at the June 19 board meeting for two years of service as members of the North Central STEM Region Advisory Board.  


Robin Anderson     

Dr. Paul Bartelt   

Chad Kuhlers     

Dr. Doug Jacobs      

Jan Westrum    


Lynne Campbell commented, "I am grateful for the the commitment that the 15 members of the board make to serve our region in the name of improving STEM teaching and learning and facilitating the development of business and education partnerships. I am elated that four of these board members are planning to seek reappointment through the Governor's office.


The first board meeting of the 2014-2015 North Central STEM Region Advisory Board will be held on August 25th in Forest City from 2-4 pm.   

Middle School Biorenewable Workshop at NIACC  

The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals at Iowa State University is holding a workshop at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City on July 16 & 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The workshop, "Creating a Biorenewable product in the Middle School Classroom," is being offered free of charge.    


Participants will be introduced to the growing Bio-Economy in Iowa and the need for a skilled workforce in the area of renewable energy. Participants will spend time working through a classroom ready activity that will engage them in in current issues associated with the finite availability of petroleum. Teachers will receive STEM content that will be useful not only for this activity but for other areas of science in their curriculum.  

There is a possibility of a one semester hour continuing education credit.  Please note that attendance is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Contact Stacy Renfro at or 515-294-8582. 

American Solar Challenge  
community event in Ames July 26

The American Solar Challenge Checkpoint Community Showcase is a free public event on July 26 from 1-4 p.m. It will showcase the community through clubs, organizations and companies, and also highlight the American Solar Challenge race passing through Ames. This is a competition where college teams design, build and drive solar powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally.

Iowa State's own Team PrISUm will be competing in this national race. Ames was selected as a checkpoint, which means these cars and their teams will be required to stop here as they make their way from Omaha to La Crosse.

Enjoy fun activities from Iowa State University and community organizations. Location is the C4 parking lot north of Jack Trice Stadium.

The North Central Region Hub has been involved in the planning and support of this event.  Please join us to learn more about the latest in STEM Scale Up programming. 

More information can be found at:

Shelly Vanyo is latest Iowa
KidWind WindSenator
Boone High School teacher Shelly Vanyo is a KidWind WindSenator.  Shelly's new mantra after this training is: "We can't change the direction of the future but we can adjust our sails as we travel using green energy."

As a WindSenator. Shelly is certified to provide trainings and represent WindWise and KidWind at conferences, events and workshops. The WindSenators Education Network provides states with knowledgeable, experienced wind energy educators that can help others get the tools and information they need to teach students and the public about wind energy.
According to North Central STEM Hub Manager Lynne Campbell, "We are certainly looking forward to hosting a variety of challenges both official and promotional." 
KidWind was selected as one of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council's Scale-Up programs for 2014-15.

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