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

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


Defined STEM 


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in Iowa (EiE)  


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Technology Hub for Iowa Students



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Gibbins Named STEM Hub Manager

Paul R. Gibbins of Ankeny will become the regional manager for the North Central STEM Hub at Iowa State University beginning Dec. 1. As regional manager, Gibbins will give leadership to increasing opportunities for student achievement in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and creating a stronger network of public-private partnerships for STEM workforce development as part of the Governor's STEM initiative.
"Paul's leadership will be a great asset to the STEM Hub at Iowa State University," said Cathann Kress, Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach and lead administrator for the NC Region STEM hub. "He has the expertise and experiences in STEM education, and successful relationships with industry and higher education partners that match our expectations for this program."

Gibbins most recently served as lead math teacher in the Ankeny High School Alternative Education program and member of the District's math curriculum leadership team. Prior to that he was the assistant director of the Upward Bound Math and Science program at Central College in Pella. Gibbins earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of Iowa and master of liberal arts, education at Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas.

Iowa State University is one of six Iowa STEM hubs selected by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. Each STEM network hub works with business, education institutions, non-profit groups and others in their region in a way that best fits local needs, interests and resources. The hubs provide more equitable statewide access to outstanding Iowa STEM education programs.

"Iowa's STEM initiative is contributing to a number of promising upticks - more high school students are exhibiting proficiency in math and science, student interest in careers that use skills in STEM is up, the number of Iowa teachers with a teaching-endorsement in a STEM-related area is up - but there is serious work to do on a number of challenging and vital measures," said Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. "As manager of STEM education functions of the regional STEM hub network located at Iowa State University, Gibbins will be contributing to increased student achievement and a stronger Iowa workforce."

The state of Iowa appropriated funding for regional STEM hubs across the state. The funding is supported by a budget as set annually and reviewed by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the Regional Advisory Council.

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Kemin Inspired Teaching Award  



Do you know a STEM teacher that goes above and beyond?

Nominations are open for the STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching sponsored by Kemin Industries. This award will celebrate educators whose leadership and dedication to STEM in Iowa increases students' interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One teacher from each of Iowa's six STEM regions will receive a $1,500 award along with an additional $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

Deadline for submissions is December 12, and winners will be announced March 2015. You do NOT need to be a Scale-Up recipient to participate--excellence is everywhere!

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STEM Council announces invitation for exemplary STEM programs to scale across Iowa

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has released a nationwide invitation for the best of STEM programs to compete for scaling across Iowa in 2015-16. Winners will demonstrate through their proposals, clear evidence of success in increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as inspiring children of diverse backgrounds and abilities by driving connections with business and industry. Chosen programs will be presented to educators throughout the state, who will apply to bring them into their classrooms and clubs.


In this fourth year for Scale-Up programming in Iowa, the STEM Council has been invited to partner with the national STEM organization, Change the Equation, that works to build a national registry of exemplary STEM programs, known as the STEMworks Database. Applicants now have the opportunity to compete simultaneously for STEMworks listing and Iowa Scale-Up. They will be judged against Change the Equation's rigorous Design Principles for effectiveness as well as additional state-specific criteria to assess their readiness to expand in Iowa. The programs identified through this year's proposal process will add to the variety of options provided through Scale-Up in Iowa.


The most competitive proposals, which may come from a variety of sources including academic institutions, nonprofit organizations or the private sector, will be those that are clearly evidence-based, well-planned, targeting areas of Iowa need and readily scalable across the state.


Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 pm on December 12, 2014. For more information, please contact Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council at 

"Hour of Code" and "Code Iowa" Seek to Introduce Students to Computer Programming
"Code Iowa" is a state partnership with's "Hour of Code," which provides an opportunity for every K-8 student to try Computer Science for one hour during Computer Science Education Week from December 8 to December 14, 2014. 

Now in its second year, the "Hour of Code" wants 100 million students from around the globe to participate during Computer Science Education Week. believes introducing computer programming to students all over the world (even for an hour) will change the statistics to meet the demand of a society that is dependent on the innovation and economic growth that stems from Computer Science and coding.

"Code Iowa" partners with this effort to generate interest and participation by teachers, school districts, parents and students in Iowa with hopes of establishing a continued interest to incorporate Computer Science in Iowa schools' curriculums.

The Southeast STEM Hub will host a FREE K-5 Computer Science workshop on February 24th, 2015 in Bettendorf, IA.  The event will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

The workshop will include additional professional development in the K-5 Computer Science Curriculum, leveraging the ways in which educators can integrate Computer Science and coding basics into their classrooms.
To register for this Code Studio workshop, click here.


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