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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




July 21 & 22, 9 - 4 PM

Ten80 Racing PD





Aug 4, 9 - 3 PM

KidWind K-3 PD

Clear Lake

Aug 5, 9 - 3 PM

KidWind 4-12 PD

Clear Lake

Aug 6, 8 - 4 PM

Pint Sized Science 1 PD

Clear Lake

Aug 23

STEM Day at Iowa State Fair




Sept 1, 5:00 PM

STEM BEST/RLE application due date

Sept 18, 9 - Noon

A World in Motion PD

Clear Lake

Sept 20, 5:45 - 9 PM

ICTM-ISTS Pre-Conference 

Des Moines/West Des Moines

Sept 21, 8 - 4 PM

ICTM-ISTS Conference

West Des Moines

Sept 23, 8 - 3:45 PM

Pint Sized Science 2 PD


Sept 26, 8 - 5 PM

FIRST Tech Challenge PD for returning teams

Des Moines

Sept 29, 8:30 - 3:30 PM

Engineering is Elementary PD

Clear Lake

Sept 30, 8:30 - 3:30 PM

Engineering is Elementary PD

Clear Lake




Oct 3, 8 - 5 PM

FIRST Tech Challenge PD for rookie teams

Des Moines

2015-16 NC STEM Advisory Board

Four Teachers in the Local Workforce



This summer there are four teachers from the North Central Region taking part in Real World Externships sponsored by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.


  • Kelly Chizek, North Union High School, is working with GKN Wheels in Armstrong
  • Mary Glenn, Ames Middle School, is working in the labs at Barilla America's facility in Ames.  
  • Tim Johnson, Fort Dodge Senior High, is working at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica in Fort Dodge
  • Erin Weatherly, Marshalltown High School, is working at Central Iowa Healthcare in Marshalltown

In a recent interview and video shoot, Erin Weatherly talked about the many ways in which this experience has allowed her to share her skills in creating curriculum to assist Central Iowa Healthcare create an engaging diabetes and body image curriculum to be utilized in outreach and education efforts.  


These educators will earn a stipend of up to $4,800 for their work, attend two days of professional development, and earn one graduate credit from University of Northern Iowa.  

North Central Iowa STEM to Fund a New

STEM Council drives more business-education partnerships


This month, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council launched a request for proposals of Iowa's next STEM BEST and STEM RLE models for the state. The STEM Council has designated $150,000 of state legislative funding to support the establishment of six new Iowa STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) or STEM RLE (Redesigned Learning Environment) models, one in each of Iowa's six STEM regions.


Last year, five STEM BEST awards were made that are currently in development while four STEM RLE models were launched in 2014, now serving as showcases for Iowa. Although distinct in their missions, both models share the goal of uniting the expertise of business and education to strengthen the continuum from classroom to careers.


"The alignment of what takes place in the classroom with what awaits today's students in their future careers is the motive for our STEM BEST and STEM RLE models," said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council. "Included among the many advantages to business-education partnerships are greater interest, career awareness and higher achievement of our students. The more we can do to support communities in this way, the better."


The STEM Council invites school-business partners across Iowa to submit their proposal to establish either a STEM BEST or STEM RLE at All Iowa private and public school districts and buildings serving students in any of grades K-12 are eligible to apply. All six funded applicants will be awarded $25,000 to be matched with local cost-share and will be designated as innovative partners of the STEM Council. The application window will close on Tuesday, September 1, and recipients will be announced in early November.


Questions?  Contact Paul Gibbins, NC STEM Manager,

STEMfestMarshalltown STEM Festival
A Success!
Great Job Marshall County Extension!

STEM Day at the Central Iowa Fair was held on July 9th at the fairgrounds in Marshalltown.  The free event attracted 250+ people with Marshall County Extension providing the leadership for the event.  Interactive activities in the areas of engineering, life science, physical science, earth science, the arts, energy, and Iowa State College of Design

Interested in hosting a STEM festival in your community for 2015-16?  If so, contact your NC Regional STEM manager Paul Gibbins, pgibbins@iastate.

SCALES2015-16 Scale-Up Program Updates
Pint Sized Science 2 Training, July 2015
  1. Check Calendar for Training/PD:  North Central regional trainings can be found on the calendar in the left column.  Note that ST Math and Defined STEM are training each awardee individually and are not on the calendar.
  2. Training/PD in Another Region:  All North Central awardees have a reserved space for training in our region.  You may attend training in other regions if space is available.
  3. Training/PD is Required:  All awardees are required to attend scheduled Professional Development in order to receive their award.
  4. Questions:  Please contact Paul Gibbins, and he will assist you.
CYBERsecSecurity Literacy Curriculum Debuts

North Central STEM Advisory Board member and Director of the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center as been part of team creating a security literacy curriculum for grades 6-12.  They plan on having this ready by fall and it will be available online free of charge.  


For the project overview see their website for more details.