April/May 2017

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



Upcoming Events


May 9

May 11

NE Regional STEM Advisory Board meeting
New Hampton

May 30

Evaluations Due

June -July
Summer STEM

June 21
"Fast Track Iowa's Future "Summit
Des Moines

August 20
STEM Day at the
Iowa State Fair

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coming up?
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Northeast Iowa 
 Region Governor's STEM Advisory Council

 Advisory Board

 Jane Bradley
 Hawkeye Community  College

Sue Burrack
Upper Iowa University

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

 Scott Greenhalgh
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Chad Heinzel
 University of
Northern Iowa

Ellen Heuer
 Bay Valley Foods

Bill Holland
JB Holland Construction

 Mason Kuhn
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Jason Martin-Hiner
 Keystone Area
Education Agency

Kim Miller
TDS Automation

Marcia Powell
Oelwein Community School District

 Norma Thiese
 Keystone Area
Education Agency

The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, located on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) campus, believes it is important to bring our community together to advance the STEM movement, which is transforming the nation.


In July, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council will request proposals to implement Iowa's next STEM BEST® models.

The heart of the model is business and industry partners working in collaboration with educators to define the curriculum and the work space driven by local industry needs.
All Iowa private and public schools and school districts serving students in any of grades K-12 are eligible to apply. Grants up to $25,000 will be available to implement Iowa's next STEM BEST model. 

To learn more about Iowa STEM BEST, please visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST
Scale-UpScale-Up Programs Awarded in Northeast Iowa 

The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council awarded 398 educators with one of the STEM Council's STEM Scale-Up Programs which will impact over 14,700 students in the region during the 2017-18 academic year.   

To learn more, visit our website.
stemfestivalSTEM Festivals in Northeast Iowa were a SUCCESS

In April, the Northeast STEM Region held two STEM festivals in the region.

The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival was held April 13 at Luther College in Decorah.  Nearly 400 people attended the event from 26 communities.  Kids of all ages were able to engage in robotics demonstrations, test their skills on a texting and driving simulator, generate energy and more.

Just a couple quotes from attendees:
It was really fun, cool, and I learned things!! 

Very informative

We loved it! Thank you

On April 22, approximately 900 people from across 33 communities attended the Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival at the University of Dubuque. 

Feedback from just few attendees
This was an amazing event

It was great and interesting to see how things work in our world today and where they are going in the future 

It was very informative for myself and being able to
work with my kids. love it!!!! :)


Businesses and community organizations are a critical component to the success of these events.  If you have a great idea for an hands-on exhibit or are interested in learning more, please visit our website .  
fasttrackFast-Track Iowa's Future Conference 
"A Future Ready Iowa Conference to Make Work-Based Learning   and STEM Work for You"

Fast-Track Iowa's Future, a conference featuring education-workforce innovations emerging across Iowa, will engage stakeholders in dialogue on how to grow and improve school-business partnerships, especially in STEM. 
Goal: Equip attendees with the knowledge, connections and re sources to build school-business partnerships in home communities.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
"STEM Ed Chat" Reception
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
"Fast Track Iowa's Future" Conference
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
(Regional Meet-Up until 5:30 p.m.)

Cost: Adults: $30;  Students: $10
Location: Iowa Events Center
Special 2 for 1 registration when registering and educator and business partner together!
stemcampsSummer 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.

PDIowa STEM  Professional Development PALOOZA! 
Inform teacher leaders, administrators, teacher-preparers, informal educators and professional developers about some of the quality STEM (trans-disciplinary, community-linked) educator preparation and professional development options available in Iowa. 

Who is Invited? 
Leader educators in the STEM fields, higher education teacher-preparers and professional developers who wish to know more about STEM teacher training and the options available.

 July 17-21, 2017 for first workshop. If additional workshops are needed based on demand, they will occur the two weeks that follow. A central Iowa location is to be determined. 
No Cost!
Yes, No Cost! Meals Provided!   
To register or for additional information:
computerComputer Science Update

On May 1, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds highlighted an Administration priority bill that was signed into law on Friday, April 28 in Senate File 274.  It encourages computer science in every school in Iowa, establishes computer science standards, and also creates a computer science professional development incentive fund to help prepare teachers.

"Computer science is a new basic skill in the technology-driven, 21st century economy," said Reynolds.  "That's why I'm thrilled that we were able to get legislation passed on a bi-partisan basis this year that will help us build a strong computer science foundation for all students and strengthen Iowa's workforce talent pipeline.  This is the ultimate goal of our Future Ready Iowa initiative to have 70% of Iowa's workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025."

Check out Iowa's Computer Science Matrix for a resource to help pinpoint accessible computer science opportunities currently happening across Iowa in all grade levels.
Creating STEM Connections 

The Hub is 
guided by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and is dedicated to creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects with the goal of building a stronger STEM workforce.

Thank you for your interest and participation in advancing STEM education in Iowa.
Jeff Beneke 
Northeast Region, Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council