February 2019

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 


Upcoming Events 
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

 Larry Escalada
 University of
Northern Iowa

 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

Anderson Sainci
City of Dubuque

  Scale-UpScale-Up Program Application is Open  
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council released the menu for next year's STEM Scale-Up programs.
The application is now open for educators across the state interested in implementing these programs in the classroom and out-of-school. Selected applicants will be notified of their award beginning in early April.   
The ten programs available on the STEM Scale-Up Program menu include: 
CASE - Food Science and Safety 
 Grade Level: 9-12
 Setting: In school
Computer Science Discoveries 
Grade Level: 6-10
Setting:  In school
Computer Science Fundamentals 
Grade Level: K-5
Setting:  In school and out of School
Computer Science Principles 
Grade Level: 9-12 
Setting:  In school
Engineer Your World 
Grade Level: 9-12
Setting: In school
Light and Shadow
Grade Level:  preK-2  
Setting: In school and out of school  
Making STEM Connections 
Grade Level: K-8
Setting: In school and out of school 
Pint Size Science 
Grade Level:  PreK-2 
Setting: In school and out of school  
STEM in Action 
Grade Level: PreK-5 
Setting: In school and out of school  
STEM Innovator 
Grade Level:  6-12
Setting: In school and out of school
 Deadline to apply is March 4.
To learn more about the Scale-Up programs, visit  https://iowastem.gov/Scale-Up.
Request for STEM Festival Exhibitors!!   

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

Thursday, April 11
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 

Click on an icon below to register to exhibit at a festival.
Please visit our website to learn more about each event or contact Lexie Hudachek.  
Ann Gritzner receives the Northeast I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award  
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries have announced the recipients of the 2019 I.O.W.A. (Innovative, Outstanding, Worldly and Academic) STEM Teacher Award sponsored by Kemin Industries.
The Northeast STEM region's honoree is Ann Gritzner, a 9-12th grade science/biology teacher and Project Based Learning teacher leader at Central High School in Elkader. Mrs. Gritzner has been in education for 25 years. Before teaching, she was a camp counselor at a youth camp that fueled her love of teaching environmental science and land stewardship. 
Pictured from left to right: Aaron Reinhart (Principal), Shallee Keenan (Kemin Industries), Ann Gritzner, Jeff Beneke (Northeast Iowa STEM Hub), and Nick Trenkamp (Superintendent)
Mrs. Gritzner's Global Science and Environmental Project Monitoring (EPM) class has worked on several projects over the last 5 years. She paired her students with a local consignment shop that benefits people with disabilities, where the students collected unsellable clothes and repurposed them into other products for the store.  
Her students are also working with neighborhood districts, local producers and the Central High School kitchen staff to increase fresh foods served. Perhaps this course's most success project is their ongoing compost project that was started in May 2014. Students researched, designed, tested and re-designed a composting system that was easy to use and diverted the school's waste from the landfill. This project received an Iowa Governor's Environmental Excellence Award and drastically impacted Mrs. Gritzner's students to "never look at waste the same again." One of her former students even continued this project to his college cafeteria!
Gritzner and the other five recipients will be recognized at STEM Day at the Capitol, with Governor and STEM Council Co-Chair Kim Reynolds and a representative from Kemin Industries on Wednesday, February 13.   
Sainci Appointed to Northeast STEM Board
Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed Anderson Sainci to the Governor's Northeast Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Board.
Sainci is on the Dubuque Community School Board and will serve as the school board member on the Northeast Regional STEM Advisory Board.
 Computer Apply Now for Computer Science is Elementary Project Planning Grant    
The Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education are partnering with business and industry on the project to transform six high-poverty elementary schools across Iowa into models of innovative computer science instruction. Six schools will be selected - one in each of the six STEM Council regions. This will offer their students opportunities to learn a new basic skill. The six also will serve as a statewide resource for teaching computer science in early grades, building on the work that has already started in some elementary schools. 
The Computer Science is Elementary project is inviting eligible Iowa schools to apply by March 29, 2019, for $50,000 one-time planning grants.
To be eligible, school districts and nonpublic school systems must have at least one elementary building with at least 40 percent of students taking free- or reduced-price lunch. Stand-alone nonpublic schools may also apply.    
Awards will be announced by summer 2019 for implementation by the 2020-2021 school year.

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Iowa Department of Education will be hosting an informational webinar about the Computer Science is Elementary pilot project, including an overview, review of application and rubric, tips, benefits and deadlines.
February 18 at 3:30 p.m.
February 26 at 8:00 a.m.
Webinar Registration Link: 
For more information or to apply for the Computer Science is Elementary project, visit    www.IowaSTEM.gov/cselementary.