The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is celebrating 10 years of progress made in increasing interest and achievement in STEM education for all Iowans. Since the STEM Council was formed in 2011, nearly 1,000,000 students have been impacted by the programs and opportunities.
In 2011, Iowa was one of the first states to launch a formal STEM education initiative in order to increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers. The initiative focused on preschool through 12th grade students to help better prepare the future workforce in Iowa.
Iowa’s STEM Council, launched in 2011 has been a pioneer in STEM education by working with various partners and advocates across the state to introduce and expand program offerings, leading to programs such as;
- STEM BEST-- school-business partnerships,
- STEM Scale-Up—top educational resources to educators and students, and
- Iowa STEM Teacher Externships—summers in workplaces.
“The purpose of the STEM Council has always been to engage and prepare students for a career-ready path to the workforce while providing a vital competitive advantage to Iowa’s cutting-edge employers,” says Gov. Kim Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair. “Together, we’ve achieved many significant milestones which have shaped our programming and impacted hundreds of thousands of Iowa students over the last decade.”
While there has been significant progress in increasing interest and achievement in STEM education in Iowa communities, the STEM Council continues to focus on the future. In conjunction with the 10th anniversary celebration, the STEM Council is unveiling an updated logo.
“We’re transitioning to ‘Tomorrow STEMs from Iowa’ for the bright future that STEM education represents both for individuals and communities across Iowa,” says Jeff Weld, executive director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “Our own future as a STEM Council focuses on enhancing the development, delivery and impact of STEM education resources so that all Iowans have the opportunity to make ‘tomorrow’ brighter.”