In This Issue
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)



STEM Event CalendarCalendar


Jan 25 
Educator Application Open for 2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Programs

Jan 28, 8 PM
Guest Lecture: Women Who Don't Wait in Line, 
by Reshma Saujani

Jan 29
I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Awards Applications Due


Feb. 1 to 5
STEM Scale Up Provider Webinars (archive to be available)

Feb.  3


Mar 1, 5 PM
Application Due: Educator STEM Scale-Up

Mar 1

Mar 18

Mar 23
North Central STEM Advisory Board Meeting, Ames

Mar 31 to Apr 1
State Science & Technology Fair, Hilton Coliseum, Ames


Apr 4
STEM Scale-Up Program awardees announced

Apr 19
Governor's Talent Pipeline Education-to-Workforce Summit,
Des Moines

Apr 28-29

Apr 29-30
Hyperstream - IT-Olympics


May 10
North Central STEM Advisory Board Meeting, Ames


June 1
North Central STEM Advisory Board Meeting, Ames


2015-16 NC STEM Advisory Board
2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Program
Application Opens!SU_Announce
The North Central  STEM Region awarded dozens of schools and organizations last year with a STEM Scale-Up program, including Northwood-Kensett middle school that received, "A World in Motion" a program focused on providing inquiry based real world engineering challenges designed for elementary and middle school students.

One of the largest statewide programs initiated by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, the  STEM Scale-Up Program has launched its menu of offerings for educators to implement during the 2016-17 academic year.
Over the last four years, several thousand educators have participated, including PreK-12 teachers, after-school club leaders, Extension and 4-H professionals, daycare providers and other active learning community members. In the North Central more than 500 educators have received a STEM Scale-Up program that has impacted more than 18,000 students. At the state level, the number of participating Iowa youth is well into the six figures with only a handful of the state's 335 school districts yet to participate.
Results from the 2014-2015 Iowa STEM evaluation report show all grade levels of students who participated in a STEM Scale-Up program scored an average of six percentage points higher in National Percentile Rank on the Iowa Assessments in both mathematics and science compared to students to statewide. On top of that, more than 75 percent of past STEM Scale-Up educators continue their program after the STEM Council's financial support ends.

This month, the 2016-17 Scale-Up program menu debuted, ranging
from building robots and coding programs to conducting agricultural field experiences and learning about STEM careers.All 11 selected programs underwent a competitive review process, proving an appeal to diverse youth, a demonstrated success in improving academic performance, evidence of integrating STEM concepts, fostering business-education-community partnerships and track records of sustainability.

Iowa's STEM Scale-Up Program is simple: Find what works, deliver it across Iowa and inspire the next generation of innovators to meet the STEM workforce demand in Iowa. Educators interested in bringing the best of STEM to their learners may apply until March 1 at
Registration OPENS for 
2016 IT Olympics & Virtual OlympicsHyper

The Iowa State University along with the Technology Association of Iowa and HyperStream have opened registration for their 2016 IT Olympics for 9th-12th grade students and Virtual Competitions for 5th-8th grade students all across Iowa.

For IT Olympics, there are four venues of competition for 2016:
Requirements for each school:
  • Community Service
A student may only compete in one venue, but may collaborate on multiple projects leading up to the Olympics, you can read more here. Each team should consist of three to six members, registration is due by Friday, March 18.
For Virtual Competitions, there are five competition categories:
  • Game Design (using Alice)
  • Multimedia
  • Robotics (using NXT or EV3 kits)
  • Community Service
Each competition category has its own award categories, which you can read more on here

Registration is due Friday, March 18.

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
30th Anniversary Events ScheduledWISE

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at Iowa State University was founded in 1986 by a group of faculty and staff concerned about the underrepresentation and underutilization of women in science and engineering.
In 2016, WiSE will celebrate 30 years of offering programs and services that engage people at Iowa State, across Iowa and beyond to enhance the science, technology, engineering and math educational experience for women.  This program is a strong supporter of the North Central STEM Hub and is part of the STEM Equity Working group for the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.  

30th Anniversary Events

30th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
Women Who Don't Wait in Line - Reshma Saujani is the Founder, CEO and Board of Directors Chair of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. Event is free and open to the public.
30th Anniversary Trivia Contest 
Friday, March 25, 2016 - Alumni Center, Ames IA
30th Anniversary Fall Welcome and Kickoff
Sunday, August 21, 2016  -  South Lawn, Central Campus
30th Anniversary STEM Fest
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Tentative Howe Hall
30th Anniversary Tailgate
Game and Location - TBD April 2016
30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Friday, December 2, 2016 - Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center

Wish WiSE a Happy Birthday on social media with #WiSEturns30

For questions about the 30th Anniversary or on how to get involved contact
 Lora Leigh Chrystal, Director at (515) 294-4317 or
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Please read the STEM Calendar of Events on the left side of this newsletter so you can answer, 'Yes, I have heard about that!' when you hear the following question: 

Have you heard about . . .

State Science and Technology Fair
IT Olympics and Virtual Olympics
The Impact After School Conference
Iowa State University's Center for Biorenewable Chemicals Summer Teacher Program
Iowa State University's Office of Biotechnology Summer Courses
The Governor's Talent Pipeline Education-to-Workforce Summit
STEM Scale-Up Application due date?

If you have an event that you would like added to the list, please email, Paul Gibbins, NC STEM Manager,