July-August 2018

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



Upcoming Events

August 19
STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair



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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

 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

festivalSTEM Festivals in Northeast Iowa  

Last year was another amazing year for STEM festivals in northeast Iowa. The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, and its partners, hosted four regional Family STEM festivals in fiscal year 2017-18. Over 5,100 (41% between the ages of 6-12 years old) attended the events to interact with 152 hands-on exhibits. Exhibitors represented business and industry, county and state government, higher education, K-12 schools and non-profits.

The STEM festivals attracted people from communities across the region. The map below represents the cities and towns in which attendees were from.  
Thank you to the planning committees, volunteers and exhibitors for inspiring our young people.

Exhibitor registration is now open for the STEM festivals this Fall. Please join us in sharing the excitement of STEM and to inform kids and their parents about the career opportunities involving STEM. 

Thursday, October 18 
4:00 to 7:00 
Upper Iowa University, Fayette 
Thursday, November 8  
4:00 to 7:30 
Waterloo Convention Center, Waterloo
To learn more 
Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board    
The Northeast STEM Advisory board has openings for representatives associated with a School Board or a Library. The membership of the Board is comprised of a variety of stakeholders all working toward providing broader access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational opportunities and to promote STEM economic development within region. It is a three year term.
Please consider sharing your talents and expertise on the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board.  To learn more,  feel free to contact jeff.beneke@uni.edu.   
We'd like to say 'Thank You' to the following board members as they complete their terms for the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board:  
  • Chad Heinzel, University of Northern Iowa (board member since 2012) 
  • Scott Fortune, Upper Iowa Tool & Die and Innovations (board member since 2012)
  • Norma Thiese, Iowa Library Association member (board member since 2012)
All three have served on various committees during their tenure on the board and will continue to remain active STEM partners. We truly appreciate them sharing their time and talents with the regional advisory board.
We are excited to welcome one new member to the regional advisory board: 
  • Larry Escalada, University of Northern Iowa
We would also like to thank Kelly Cooper, with Dubuque Area Labor Management Council, and Lisa Chizek, with North Tama County Community School District, for their continued commitment to the regional advisory board. Both will serve another three year term. 
externshipSTEM Teacher Externships in Northeast Iowa
How many times have you heard a student ask, "When will I ever use this? The Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program helps teachers answer that age-old question.

During this past summer, 21 educators in Northeast Iowa worked side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who helped bring the classroom curriculum to life. Teacher Externships provided educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application and future careers. 

Below is a list of teachers from Northeast Iowa that participated in the Iowa STEM Teacher Externship program through the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.

Doug Engel  West Delaware Middle School 
Iowa DNR - Manchester 
Margaret Hogan  Beckman Catholic High School  Dubuque County Conservation 
 Julie George  West Central MS/HS  Rockwell Collins - Decorah 
Kim Hurst  Bunger Middle School  Black Hawk Co. Soil and Water Conservation - Dry Run Creek  
Greg Moklestad  Dubuque Hempstead HS  John Deere Dubuque Works 
Tom Laures  Union High School   John Deere PEC 
Melissa Whitney  Dubuque Senior High School  Dubuque County Conservation 
Alex Ruehlow  Jesup High School  Geater Machining & Manufacturing 
Julie Cuvelier  Cedar Falls High School   Doerfer Companies - TDS Automation 
Rob Welter  Holmes Junior High School   Iowa DNR - George Wyth 
Chelsea Kirschbaum  Mazzuchelli Middle School   National Mississippi River Museum 
Paul Mugan  Waverly-Shell Rock High School   Iowa DNR - Sweet Marsh 
Luke Pisarik  Cascade Jr/Sr High School  John Deere Dubuque Works 
Brooke Lodge   North Fayette Valley High School   Art's Way Scientific  
Brady Swenson  North Tama CSD   Iowa DNR - George Wyth 
Nathan Lahr  West Delaware High School   Rockwell Collins - Manchester 
Bob Plagge  Waterloo Community Schools  John Deere TCAO 
Kathy Quinlan  Maquoketa High School  Jackson County Conservation 
Rick Samuelson  North Tama County High School  Clearline Industries 

To learn more visit our website.  
Businesses may apply today to host a teacher extern during the summer of 2019. Visit https://iowastem.gov/educators/externships/Externships-Business-Host-Summer-Commitment 
applicationDeadline to apply for STEM BEST is September 12 

A priority for the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council for 2018-2019 is to expand the community of innovative STEM education models that unite educators and employers to expand the learning continuum from school to careers.  Known as Iowa STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers), these programs are now generating new excitement around the state as meaningful activities and experiences are created and refined in the K-12 educational area. Further details on these awarded programs can be found at https://www.iowastem.gov/STEMBEST/application.
  1. Applications for STEM BEST® must be submitted by Iowa public and non-public school districts and buildings serving students in grades K-12. Clusters of schools and/or districts are encouraged to apply. This requirement then verifies that the submitting entity will be the responsible fiscal agent. The application must also contain evidence of the roles assumed by the partnering school/districts and community partners.
  2. For those applicants who have previously been awarded a STEM BEST® grant, or intend to connect to a past STEM BEST® awardee, please note that there is an extra component in the application that must be completed as part of the submission process.
Grant Funding  
Up to $25,000
1:1 match, up to $25,000
(cash or in-kind support)  


September 12, 2018 



STEM in Your World
Share STEM as you experience it in your world everyday! STEM is everywhere and present in all we do, so now is a great time to recognize it and share it. What does STEM sound and look like in your world? We will all find out at the Iowa State Fair on August 19, 2018. For more information, go to STEM in your world.