February 2018

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



Upcoming Events

February 1
Scale-Up - PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers - Scale Up FAQ Session
3:30 to 4:00 PM

February 13
Scale-Up STEM in Action Webinar
3:30 to 4:15 PM

February 14
STEM Day at the Capitol
Des Moines

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coming up?
  Submit it here!    
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

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.

Scale-upSTEM Scale-Up Application is Open! 

The 2018-2019 Scale-Up Program application opened Monday, January 22. The Scale-Up program menu ranges from coding programs to conducting agricultural field experiences and learning about STEM careers. 
The following ten-(10) programs are being offered for Scale-Up during fiscal year 2018-2019:
  • Pint Size Science


Any public or private school or active learning community serving students in grades preK-12 are eligible to apply for Scale-Up programs.

Monday, March 5, 2018
  FestivalRequest for STEM Festival Exhibitors!   

Join us in sharing the excitement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by exhibiting at:

The STEM festivals are family oriented events attracting kids of all ages.

Who is Invited to Exhibit!
  • Business and industry
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Non-profit organizations
  • K-12 schools
  • Other 

What are We Looking for:
There are endless possibilities of what the students and families could do at your booth including:
  • Conducting an experiment
  • Playing a game
  • Participating in an interactive demonstration
  • For examples, please visit the Northeast STEM Hub website 
Please visit our website to learn more about each event or contact Michelle Des Jardins.

Click on an icon below to register to exhibit at a festival. 


SummitSave the Date! Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit Coming This Spring      

Mark your calendar for the Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit to be held on April 3, 2018, at the Iowa Events Center.
This one-day event brings together leaders from business and industry, education, nonprofits, elected officials, students and others to amplify the public conversation about transforming education and the workforce, with a focus on expanding work-based learning and computer science instruction.
The Summit features an remarkable agenda of inspiring and distinguished speakers, including: Brandon Busteed, Gallup's executive director of education and workforce development; Mary Andringa, chair of the board of Vermeer Corporation; Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org; a panel of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds; and Jeff Weld, senior policy advisor for STEM education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The agenda also features a showcase of interactive work-based learning exhibits, table talks, networking opportunities and breakout sessions.
Registration for the Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit opened February 1, 2018. To register, visit   
StaceyCongratulations to Stacey Snyder from Orange Elementary 

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries have announced the recipients of the 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award sponsored by Kemin Industries.
The Northeast STEM region's honoree is Stacey Snyder from Orange Elementary School in Waterloo. Ms. Snyder has been in the education field for over thirty years. She serves as the coach for the FIRST Lego League Junior and FIRST Lego League teams at Orange Elementary and utilizes her connections with John Deere to mentor her teams. She also hosts the Society of Women Engineers at Orange each year, as they offer five month-long after-school sessions for 4th and 5th graders. This is an empowering pro gram for girls who are eager to learn more about STEM and STEM careers.
Presenting the award to Stacey from left to right: Jennifer Hermsen (Kemin Industries), Stacey Snyder (Orange Elementary), Jeff Beneke (Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council), and Jane Bradley (Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board Chair)  

She is a part of numerous state and national professional organizations and serves as a leader in science education, not only our region, but also our state. She has served as the vice chairperson of the Bremer County Conservation Board for the past two years and is on the Executive Committee for the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition. Ms. Snyder also served as a teacher extern through the Governor's STEM Advisory Council this past summer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at Sweet Marsh. 

This award recognizes and celebrates one teacher from each of the six STEM regions who goes above and beyond to increase their student's interest in STEM. Each recipient is recognized for their dedication in representing I.O.W.A.; by being Innovative in their methods, Outstanding in their passion for education, Worldly in the way they help students see that STEM is all around them, and Academic through engaging students in the classroom to prepare them for higher education and high-demand careers. Each recipient will receive $1,500 for personal use and another $1,500 for their classroom.