April/May 2018

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 
319-273-7397 (office)



Upcoming Events


May 12-18

July thru September
Training for Scale-Up Programs

August 19
STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair

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Northeast Region
of the Iowa 
 Governor's STEM Advisory Council

 Advisory Board

 Jane Bradley
 Hawkeye Community  College

Sue Burrack
Upper Iowa University

Lisa Chizek
North Tama County Community School District

Kendra Crooks
 Chickasaw County Extension and Outreach

 Kelly Cooper
 Dubuque Area
Labor- Management Council

 Erin Dragotto
 National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

 Scott Fortune
 Upper Iowa
Tool & Die and Innovations

 Doreen Hayek
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Chad Heinzel
 University of
Northern Iowa

Ellen Heuer
 Martin Brothers Distributing

Bill Holland
JB Holland Construction

 Mason Kuhn
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Jason Martin-Hiner
 Keystone Area
Education Agency

Kim Miller
TDS Automation

 Norma Thiese

BIGDream BIG Documentary Showing at the River Museum in May 

The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council in collaboration with Dubuque Area Society of Women Engineers and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, will be bringing the documentary Dream Big to the River Museum May 12 through May 18.

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18
Daily 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The events are free and open to the public.  
Reserve your ticket today at  
Dream Big is a HUGE film. Literally. From the Great Wall of China and the worldʼs tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the worldʼs largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.
IBNIowa BIG North Announces CNA Program for Students 

High school students in Northeast Iowa have a new educational opportunity through an innovative community partnership and the work of Iowa BIG North (IBN) students.

Iowa BIG North is a consortium of school districts in Northeast Iowa (Charles City, New Hampton, Osage and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock) which share resources to offer an educational experience centered around student-passion, student-led, problem-based and authentic learning and a 2017-2018 recipient of the STEM BEST® award from the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. 

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has approved the Charles City High School's application to offer a unique 75-hour certified nursing assistant (CNA) program. 

This program contains rigorous curriculum established and approved by the State of Iowa and is unique for two reasons. One, it is one of four high school programs across the state that is a stand-alone high school program not tied to a community college; and, two, the program is the first in the state designed and implemented by students through a business partnership.
Iowa BIG North students worked with managers at Chautauqua Guest Homes to obtain DIA approval and specifically tailored classes to meet the needs of high school students. The program allows for flexibility to engage students in the class while still allowing them to be involved in the full high school experience.
Twelve junior and senior students at Charles City High School have completed the initial session of the new CNA class and will be the first IBN class to be awarded the DIA certificate of completion. Sue Ayers, administrator at 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Homes in Charles City, also presented each 2018 program graduate with a letter of intent to hire following testing at one of the Chautauqua facilities in Charles City. This demonstrates the demand for CNAs across the state. Graduates can be employed when tests are passed for the CNA exam at a community college.

 ApplicationSTEM BEST Application Released Soon  

STEM STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) application materials to come out May 8
. Grant awards of up to $25,000 will made to innovative programs which unite educators and employers to expand the learning continuum from school to careers, for students in K-12 programs across the state.

On May 8 you may visit
to learn more. The online application portal will open in early June.
scale-upScale-Up Programs Awarded in Northeast Iowa  

The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council awarded 192 educators with one of the STEM Council's STEM Scale-Up Programs which will impact over 11,300 students in the region during the 2018-19 academic year.   

Educator training with the new programs can start as early as July 1 with implementation of the program following. 

festivalSTEM Festivals in Northeast Iowa are a Big Hit  
In April, the Northeast STEM Region held two STEM festivals in Northeast Iowa.

The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival was held April 12 in Calmar.  Nearly 450 people attended the event from 27 communities.  Kids of all ages were able to engage in hands-on activities from 25 exhibitors.

Quotes from participants:

Great opportunity for families to be introduced and
involved in STEM activities!
I loved it so much, I plan to attend again next year
I wouldn't have left, but my parents made me.

The Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival was held April 21 in Dubuque.  Nearly 1,600 people attended the event from 48 communities throughout three states.  Kids of all ages were able to engage in hands-on activities from 40 exhibitors.  

Quotes from participants:

Great work! Lots of variety!  

This was such a wonderful educational event.  Thank you! (Adult) 
I think it was the best! Please do it again.


CampsS ummer STEM Opportunities for Kids   
Organizations throughout Northeast Iowa will be offering Summer STEM camps for youth of all ages.  Click on the link below for a list of STEM camps we are aware of.