of the Iowa
Governor's STEM Advisory Council
Hawkeye Community College
Upper Iowa University
North Tama County Community School District
Chickasaw County Extension and Outreach
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Martin Brothers Distributing
JB Holland Construction
City of Dubuque
STEM BEST Application is Open
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. The STEM Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to support the establishment of Iowa STEM BEST® Program models, preferably evenly distributed across each of Iowa's six STEM regions. Successful applicants will become an Iowa STEM BEST® Program model of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.
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 or in-kind support. The match may be contributed by the applicant or a community partner. To be eligible as match, the cash or in-kind contribution must be provided during the funding period of the STEM BEST® Program grant.
- May 20, 2019: Application portal opened
- September 13, 2019: Application due
- September 16 - October 11, 2019: Application review
- October 24, 2019: Awards announced
- October 24, 2019 - June 30, 2020: Implementation
Please feel free to contact Jeff Beneke with questions at 319-273-7397 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STEM Festival in Elkader
The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival will be in Elkader for the first time this Fall. The STEM festival will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Keystone AEA in Elkader.
Exhibitor registration will open in July.
The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council at
the University of Northern Iowa, Keystone AEA, Central Community School District, Clayton County Development Group, ISU Extension and Outreach, IowaWorks, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Upper Iowa University.
The Northeast Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council thanks ITC Midwest and their staff for supporting the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival the past two years. A representative from the company has served on the planning committee, exhibited at the STEM festival and provided financial assistance for the festival the past two years.
STEM Council invites Mathematics Education Scale-Up Program Proposals
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council recognizes the centrality of mathematics to success in STEM study leading to careers. For that reason, STEM Council leaders have dedicated $300,000 to support the scaling of mathematics education program(s) proven to increase interest and achievement among students across Iowa, in school and/or out of school, at the elementary or secondary level.
This special opportunity must occur during the 2019-2020 academic year. Our request for proposals opens June 3 and will remain open until July 15.
Further information on the proposal form, including details and timeline, may be found
- June 3 - RFP for Program Providers opens
- July 15 - RFP closes
- July 16 to August 16 - Program Review period
- August 16 - Program Proposers notified
- August 27 - Educator application opens
- Oct. 1 - Educator application closes
- Nov. 1 to May 31 - Implementation
Tenth Year a Record-Setter for
Ten years ago, ten Iowa workplaces took a leap of faith, inviting high school STEM teachers into shops, plants, labs, worksites and offices for six-week externships. Powered by an exploratory grant from Iowa's Economic Development Authority to the STEM Council's precursor the
Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership
, employers including Kemin Industries, Pella Corporation, Allen Hospital, DNR and Polk County Conservation helped forge a potent model for teacher professional development.
This summer, hundreds of educators applied for about 80 placements at 58 workplaces across the state. In Northeast Iowa, 25 educators will be at workplaces ranging from manufacturing (Collins Aerospace, John Deere, Geater Machining and Manufacturing, TDS Automation, Trinity Fabrication), to food and health (Unity Point), to natural resources (DNR, County Conservation, Hartman Reserve, Tallgrass Prairie Center, Mississippi River Museum).
Iowa's model has been exported to numerous regions and states across the nation, including Florida, Oklahoma, Idaho and Virginia. Of the nearly 600 Iowa teachers who have taken part, more than 90 percent consider it their most powerful professional development experience. Over 90 percent of workplace hosts benefited from the teachers' contributions. Additional information about the program participants, projects and impact may be found at