June 2017

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



Upcoming Events

May 30
Evaluations Due

June - July
Summer STEM

June - August
Workshops Help Educators Teach the Science of Food Production
Various locations

June 21
"Fast Track Iowa's Future "Summit
Des Moines

July 17-21

July 23 - August 4   PLTW TrainingCEA, CIM, ES, PBS, and POE courses

August 20
STEM Day at the
Iowa State Fair

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Northeast Iowa 
 Region Governor's STEM Advisory Council

 Advisory Board

 Jane Bradley
 Hawkeye Community  College

Sue Burrack
Upper Iowa University

Kendra Crooks
 Chickasaw County Extension and Outreach

 Kelly Cooper
 Dubuque Area
Labor- Management Council

 Erin Dragotto
 National Mississippi River  Museum & Aquarium

 Scott Fortune
 Upper Iowa
Tool & Die and Innovations

 Scott Greenhalgh
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Chad Heinzel
 University of
Northern Iowa

Ellen Heuer
 Bay Valley Foods

Bill Holland
JB Holland Construction

 Mason Kuhn
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Jason Martin-Hiner
 Keystone Area
Education Agency

Kim Miller
TDS Automation

Marcia Powell
Oelwein Community School District

 Norma Thiese
 Keystone Area
Education Agency

The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, located on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) campus, believes it is important to bring our community together to advance the STEM movement, which is transforming the nation.

BESTSTEM Council invites proposals for 15 STEM BEST® models

Communities eager to work as one, bridging partnerships between schools, businesses and other local organizations, now have the opportunity to change the future of education.
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is currently seeking proposals, 15 of which will be Iowa's next STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) models. STEM BEST drives community collaboration where schools work together with local employers to create work-based learning experiences for students linked to business and industry applications. Since 2014, the STEM Council has awarded 18 STEM BEST models now serving as examples for Iowa and uniting the expertise of business and education that strengthens the continuum from the classroom to careers.
The STEM Council invites school-business partnerships across Iowa to submit their proposal to establish a STEM BEST model at www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST/Proposal. All Iowa K-12 private and public schools and school districts are eligible to apply. Awarded applicants will receive $25,000 to be matched with local cost-share, each earning designation as an Iowa STEM BEST Partner. The application window will close on Friday, September 15, and recipients will be announced in late October.
To learn more about Iowa STEM BEST, please visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST or register today for "Fast-Track Iowa's Future" Conference on June 21 where many of the current models will be showcased:  www.iowastem.gov/fast-track-iowas-future
 conferenceRegister for the Fast-Track Iowa's Future Conference - Deadline June 14
The TIME IS NOW! If you haven't registered for the Fast-Track Iowa's Future: A Future Ready Iowa Conference to Make Work-Based Learning and STEM Work for You, please check out the updated DRAFT AGENDA and  REGISTER TODAY!  
There will be many resources shared, examples of programs and activities that can be replicated, and  great networking opportunities! Feel free to pass this on to anyone in your network that you would feel would benefit from attending!
This will be a great event for the following:
  • K-12 Leaders, Administrators, Principals, Educators and Higher Education Professionals hoping to connect students, counselors and teachers to STEM work-based learning opportunities through School + Business Partnerships and Teacher Externships;
  • Iowa Employers and Community Business Leaders interested in connecting with school districts, colleges and universities to develop and enhance STEM work-based learning in their organization and those interested in learning about registered apprenticeships, workforce training programs and opportunities;
  • Workforce Development, Economic Development, and Chamber of Commerce Professionals that want to develop programs in their region and grow School + Business Partnerships; and
  • Non-Profit Organizations and School to Work Advocates with workforce related programs, connecting Iowans to Work-Based Learning opportunities, and growing your network.
In addition to the conference on June 21, we will have an ED Chat and Reception the evening before.  If you are looking for hotel accommodations, there are rooms reserved for the conference.  Check out the website for more details and reserve your room today!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
"STEM Ed Chat" Reception
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
"Fast Track Iowa's Future" Conference
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
(Regional Meet-Up until 5:30 p.m.)

Adults: $30; 
Students: $10
Special 2 for 1 registration when registering
and educator and business partner together!

Iowa Events Center
  festivalsSTEM Festivals Set for Northeast Iowa
The planning has begun for STEM festivals for the upcoming year.  Northeast STEM festivals for 2017-18 include:

 October 2017
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival


November 7, 2017
Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival

April 12, 2018
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival  

April 2018
Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

Exhibitor registration will open soon. Visit our website for further information. 
Creating STEM Connections 

The Hub is 
guided by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and is dedicated to creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects with the goal of building a stronger STEM workforce.

Thank you for your interest and participation in advancing STEM education in Iowa.
Jeff Beneke 
Northeast Region, Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council