February 2020

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 




Upcoming Events 

 February 19
STEM Day  
at the Capitol 
March 24
Cedar Falls
 Cedar Falls
April 7
Cedar Falls

April 14
Iowa STEM Summit
Des Moines

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

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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

 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

Dubuque Teacher Receives  
I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award  
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is proud to announce Ann Arnold, mathematics teacher at the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, has been named as a recipient of the 2020 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries. The award is given to teachers who inspire student interest in and awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Now in its sixth year, this award is given annually to one full-time, licensed teacher from each of the six STEM regions in Iowa. Educators can work with any grade level from preschool to high school.  
Since 2010, Ann Arnold has taught mathematics at the Alternative Learning Center. She is known for her efforts to teach her curriculum in ways that speak to a variety of learning styles.
For her students, Arnold makes the connection between mathematics and the world outside the classroom clear in a variety of projects. To teach her students about geometry, she uses art and design. Her students learn vocabulary through drawing and angles through string art. When they cover surface area, Arnold challenges her students to design their dream homes and calculate the costs associated with building them. She often collaborates with the school's construction teacher and hopes to have her students help plan a construction project with his classes.     
Deadline for Educators to Apply for a 2020-21 Scale-Up Program is March 2
Educators across the state interested in applying for a scale-up program to be implemented during the 2020-2021 academic year, have until March 2 to apply.
What is the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program?
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council selects some of the state and nation's high-quality programs and offers them to Iowa educators through the STEM Scale-Up Program. Each year, the STEM Council equips thousands of educators with STEM programs that inspire nearly 100,000 youth.
Who can apply?
PreK-12 cross-curricular educators, both in and out of the classroom, are eligible to apply. Eligible applicant(s) include: public and private school PreK-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, home school associations and others who deliver STEM education programming. The lead applicant may also be an administrator applying on behalf of an educator or a group of educators.
The programs available on the 2020-2021 STEM Scale-Up Program menu include: 
Bootstrap: Data Science
Grade Levels: 8-12
Setting: In school  
CASE - Agricultural Power and Technology   
 Grade Levels: 9-12
 Setting: In school
Computer Science Discoveries 
Grade Levels: 6-10
Setting: In school
Computer Science Fundamentals 
Grade Levels: K-5
Setting:  In school and out of School
Computer Science Principles
Grade Levels: 9-12 
Setting:  In school
Desmos Middle School Math 
Grade Level: 8
Setting: In school
Differentiated Math Centers
Grade Levels: K-5
Setting: In school and out of school 
Pint Size Science 
Grade Levels:  PreK-2
Setting: In school and out of school  
PLTW Computer Science: Cybersecurity 
Grade Levels: 9-12 
Setting: In school 
STEM in Action 
Grade Levels: PreK-5 
Setting: In school and out of school    
STEM Innovator 
Grade Levels:  6-12
Setting: In school and out of school
VEX IQ Challenge 
Grade Levels: 4-8 
Setting: In school and out of school
Grade Levels: 9-12 
Setting: In school and out of school
To learn more, visit  https://iowastem.gov/Scale-Up.
 Deadline to apply is March 2.  
STEM B.E.S.T. Application Opens  
February 10  
With 58 STEM BEST® (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) models now operating throughout the state, chances are good that you are within driving distance of one or more. These invaluable work-based learning opportunities for students have grown to include nearly 100 school districts and more than 500 employers and other community partners. 
Entering the seventh year of the STEM BEST® Program, the STEM Council is instituting a new application timeline. The application window will extend from February 10 to May 15, 2020, providing educators extended planning time to collaborate and reach interested partners within their community.  


  • February 10, 2020: Application portal opens
  • March 31 2020: Informational webinar for prospective applicants
  • May 15, 2020: Application due
  • July 2020: Awards announced
  • August 1, 2020 - June 15, 2021: Implementation
GRANT FUNDING: Up to $25,000
An applicant is required to provide a 1:1 match, up to $25,000. The match may be either cash and/or in-kind support. The match may be contributed by the applicant or a community partner. To be eligible as match, the cash and/or in-kind contribution must be provided during the funding period of the STEM BEST® Program grant.
To Apply
(Opens February 10) 
To aid school districts and community partners in the application process, the STEM Council's network team will be hosting a series of five webinars covering an array of topics that drive a successful STEM BEST Program. Program partners, as well as experts in the field, will share their experiences and tips as they traversed the application process over the course of the following sessions:
  • Session 1: "Work-Based Learning and STEM BEST: What is it and why do I need it?" on February 12, 2020. Hear from leaders in education on how work-based learning has shaped the opportunities and culture of the communities and districts they work and live in.
  • Session 2: "Tips to building partnerships with local business and industry."STEM BEST partners will share their methods of reaching out and engaging the leaders of your community to establish meaningful partnerships.
  • Session 3: "Grant-Writing 101" on March 5, 2020. Listen to tips and track to effective grant writing as well as how to develop a budget.
  • Session 4: "Cost-Share: What is it and how do I plan for it?" on March 10, 2020. Find out how and why cost-share is important and hear specific examples of possible ways to meet cost-share requirements for STEM BEST.
  • Session 5: "How to navigate the Online Database for application submission" on March 31, 2020. This provides you with a step by step walk through of submitting and completing a STEM BEST application online.
For additional information on the webinars, visit    www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST.  
Please contact Jeff Beneke (jeff.beneke@uni.edu), if you are interested in applying or have questions about the program. 
Time is Running Out to Exhibit at a    
STEM Festival this Spring
Exhibitor registration is open for STEM festivals being held throughout Northeast Iowa.  Examples from past exhibits. They 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