July/August 2019

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 




Upcoming Events 

August 18
STEM Day at the
State Fair

August 18
Nominations open for I.O.W.A. STEM
Teacher Award

August 20

August 27

September 13
STEM BEST application deadline

September 19
STEM Principles Course
Clear Lake

October 1

October 24

October 29
STEM Principles Course

December 12
STEM Principles Course
Cedar Falls

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

 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

STEM BEST Webinar Offered

The goal of STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program is to unite educators and employers to expand the learning continuum from school to careers.     
Since 2014, the STEM BEST® Awards have been helping schools create opportunities for students to connect what they learn in the classroom with real-world applicability and potential careers. Iowa public and non-public schools serving students in grades K-12 are welcome to apply.  

The Iowa STEM Council will be hosting an  
informational webinar:
August 20, 2019
To join the webinar, go to:  https://uni.zoom.us/j/849600201 or dial in by telephone to (669) 900 6833, meeting ID #849 600 201. (The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend.)


  September 13, 2019
For further information, visit:  
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival (Elkader) - Exhibitors Wanted  
Join us in sharing the excitement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by exhibiting at the   Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Elkader on Thursday, October 24 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. 
The goals of the STEM festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities and to introduce children and parents to STEM careers.
Who is Invited to Exhibit:
  • Business and industry
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Non-profit groups
  • Government organizations
  • Other
What we are Looking for in an Exhibitor:
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. 
For questions contact; 
Jeff Beneke at jeff.beneke@uni.edu  
Professional Development in  
STEM Principles   
The Central Rivers Area Education Agency is partnering with the North Central and Northeast Iowa STEM Regions in offering the course: Meeting the Needs of all Students through STEM Principals (Course #180263). Educators may register for one of the three locations offered: 

Clear Lake 
September 19 and January 24
October 29 and February 20
Cedar Falls  
December 12 and April 4
Register at AEA Online Learning 
Strands available include:
  • I have (or just received) a STEM Scale Up Grant
  • What does STEM Integration Look Like (How to Integrate)
  • Project-Based Learning(PBL)
  • I am starting from scratch - HELP  
  • Maker Space
  • Early Childhood STEM Connection    
2018-19 Highlights for the  
Northeast Iowa STEM Region  
  • 177 educators impacted
  • Approximately 11,000 youth impacted
  • Four STEM festivals held in Northeast Iowa
  • Approximately 3,500 people attended the festivals
  • 157 exhibitors representing business/industry, higher education, etc.
  • Four amazing guests (refer below)

Three school districts awarded STEM BEST® grants  

(Allamakee, Cedar Falls and Central)

I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award  
(sponsored by Kemin Industries)

Ann Gritzner from Central High School in Elkader   

recognized in 2019 



21 teachers participated in the

externship program