December/January 2020

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 




Upcoming Events 

 February 19
STEM Day  
at the Capitol 
March 24
Cedar Falls
 Cedar Falls

April 14
Iowa STEM Summit
Des Moines

April 16 
April 23 
May 15
STEM B.E.S.T. Application Closes

Have an event
coming up? 

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

 Larry Escalada
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Heather Fransen

 Doreen Hayek
 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

Allison Plunkett
John Deere

Anderson Sainci
City of Dubuque

Requesting Exhibitors for   
STEM Festivals this Spring
Exhibitor registration is open for STEM festivals being held  throughout Northeast Iowa this SpringExamples from past exhibits. Festivals include;  
Tuesday, March 24  
4:00PM to 7:30PM
University of Northern Iowa Dome 
Thursday, April 16
4:00PM to 7:00PM
University of Dubuque
Thursday, April 23
4:00PM to 7:00PM 
Luther College 
2020-21 Scale-Up Program Menu Announced January 13
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council will release the 2020-21 STEM Scale-Up program menu on January 13.
Educators across the state interested in implementing these programs in the classroom and out-of-school may apply starting January 21 .   Awarded applicants will be notified early April.    
Deadline to apply is March 2.
To learn more about the Scale-Up programs, visit
STEM B.E.S.T. Application Opens  
February 10  
A priority for the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council for 2020-2021 is to expand the community of innovative, replicable STEM work-based learning models, known as Iowa STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program.  
The goal of STEM BEST® Program is to unite educators and employers to expand the learning continuum from school to careers.
A hallmark of Iowa STEM education is the connection of classroom learning to meaning beyond the school walls. Overarching guidelines are provided to assist proposers. These guidelines allow for ample flexibility in design to encourage and support organic development of STEM BEST® Programs which match local strengths, challenges and resources. STEM BEST® Program models are open to K-12 public and non-public school applicants. Past STEM BEST® Program award recipients are eligible to apply for expanding current programs.


  • February 10, 2020: Application portal opens
  • March 2020: Informational webinar for prospective applicants. 
  • May 15, 2020: Application due
  • July 2020: Awards announced
  • August 1, 2020 - June 15, 2021: Implementation
Details on past awards can be found at
Please contact Jeff Beneke (, if you are interested in applying or have questions about the program. 
STEM GEM Poster 
The latest STEM Gem poster, from the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, features Tyler Hahn with Cherokee Public Library. 
Fourteen STEM Gem posters have been created over the past ten years featuring career fields in STEM teaching, engineering, computer programming, graphic design, aviation, race car driving and students preparing for future STEM careers. 
Anyone wishing to receive the latest STEM Gem poster or the entire series may complete a request form or download and print in house at 
 Deadline to request a poster(s) is January 31.