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Contact the STEM Hub
Paul Gibbins
North Central Regional Manager

3630 4-H Extension Building
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011

515-294-0645 (office)  

515-333-8563 (mobile)



In This Issue
 Upcoming Events


May 28, 5:30-7:30

STEAM Festival

Lincoln Intermediate

Mason City


June 17, 9:00-4:00


FFA Enrichment Center Ankeny


July 9, 1:00-4:00

STEM Day @ Central Iowa Fair



August 23

STEM Day at Iowa State Fair


North Central STEM Festivals

Mason City, May 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.            Printable flyer link

Marshalltown, July 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

on Social Media 

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See a few stories you may have recently missed below:  

Congratulations to Tom Novotney, Mason City!
Ms. Bockman, Webster City MS, Toy/Science Fair
Lt. Governor Visits Boone
Scale-Up 2014-15 Program Evaluation
Deadline is May 30

Why is there an evaluation?  
  1. It officially documents the impact these programs are making in the lives of the students.
  2. The data provides funders both public and private with documentation justifying the expense.
  3. It will help the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and STEM Regional Managers tell the great story of STEM education in Iowa.
  4. We are professional educators who believe in necessity of assessment.
  5. It is a requirement for all awardees. 

Check out the short video describing the process:


NewScaleUp2015-16 Scale-Up Program Updates
  1. Funding Update:  State legislature has yet (as of May 22nd) to pass the needed legislation.  The number/amount of awards was based upon level funding.
  2. Potential Impact in North Central Region:  17,585 students and 417 educators!
  3. North Central Professional Development Schedule:  Details to be sent via email to awardee's summer email address as soon as details are available. ST Math and Defined STEM PD will be online.
A World in MotionTBDTBD - Clear Lake 
Engineering is ElementaryLate Sept
TBD - Ames and Clear Lake
KidWind K-3Aug 4Clear Lake AEA
KidWind 4-12Aug 5Clear Lake AEA
Pint Sized Science 1TBDTBD - Clear Lake
Pint Sized Science 2June 25Marshalltown AEA
Pint Sized Science 2June 26Des Moines (Science Center of Iowa)
Ten80 RacingTBD - late JulyBoone
FIRST Tech Challenge - NewOct 3Des Moines
FIRST Tech Challenge - ReturningSept 26Des Moines

Professional Development Opportunities  


CBiRC's pre-college education strategic plan is to form long-standing partnerships with central Iowa school districts and school districts located in relative proximity to CBiRC partner institutions. The pre-college programs focus primarily on grades 6-12 with a mission to effectively impart in the next generation of students the relevance of engineering professions; the skills required to succeed and the value in our technological society. The technical content of the pre-college education program will include the broader biorenewables area including both chemicals and biofuels.


For more information click this link. 



University of Iowa College of Education:  Colorado Field Geology Course, Saturday, July 11th - Sunday, July 19th


Learn the basic concepts of physical, historical, and environmental geology of the Rocky Mountains in the context of mineral exploration, mining, and the environment.

This course has been offered to K-12 inservice and preservice teachers for over 25 years. It includes a teaching suite of basic igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and rock forming minerals and curriculum development projects.

Ted Neal and John Dunkhase will team-teach the course.


For more information click this link

  Office of Biotechnology/Iowa Biotech Assn

Summer Training Courses for Educators (May 26th is application deadline)

The 2015 summer workshops offered by the Office of Biotechnology at Iowa State University are designed especially for educators in public and private schools or those who work with youth in 4-H or other community programs. Educators are invited to attend one or more of the workshops to strengthen and update their STEM-based curriculums with modern content, techniques, and activities in biotechnology and bioethics, while earning professional development or ISU graduate credits.

The workshops will be held in the Biotechnology Outreach Education Center (BOEC), 1320 Molecular Biology Building, on the Iowa State campus in Ames. A $50 per day stipend is available to help Iowa teachers cover their costs of attending. ISU Extension and Outreach educators or personnel can receive travel reimbursements of up to $50 per day to help cover their expenses.

Iowa teachers and ISU Extension and Outreach educators who complete any of the workshops are eligible to receive free supplies and equipment for specific lab protocols from the Office of Biotechnology.