June 2019

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 




Upcoming Events 

June 25

July 1
Educator training
begins for 2019-20 scale-up program awardees

July 15
Math Scale-up
Program Provider application due

August 18
STEM Day at the
State Fair

September 13
STEM BEST application deadline

October 24

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 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

Further details on these awarded programs can be found at http://www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST .
Please feel free to contact Jeff Beneke with questions at 319-273-7397 or jeff.beneke@uni.edu 
STEM Festival in Elkader
this Fall  
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.
Thank You to ITC Midwest 
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   HERE .  
  • 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  
Teacher Externships 
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