March 2017
Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager
319-273-7397 (office)


Upcoming Events


March 3
STEM Scale-Up Application Closes

March 7
Code Iowa Workshop
AEA 267
Cedar Falls

March 23-25
FIRST Iowa Regional Competition
Cedar Falls

March 24
Diversity in STEM Conference

March 30-31

April 13
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival

April 22
Solar Eclipse Professional Development
Cedar Falls

April 22
Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

April 26-28
Impact After School Conference
Des Moines

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

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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.

  scale-upIowa STEM Scale-Up Apps Due March 3

I owa's educators who want to continue inspiring their students toward STEM passions now have an opportunity! 
Educators have until Friday, March 3 to apply for the following programs:
PreK-12 educators, both in and out of the classroom, are eligible to apply, so long as they have undergone a criminal background check as a requirement of employment. Eligible applicant(s) include public and private school PreK-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, home school associations and others who deliver STEM education programming.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
festivalYou're Invited to the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Decorah on April 13!

Families are invited to attend the Northeast Iowa F amily STEM Festival on Thursday, April 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Luther College in Decorah.

Organizations from Northeast Iowa w ill present exhibits and hands-on activities for students and their families. Attendees can drive robots, conduct amazing science experimen ts, and much more!

The goals of the festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathe matics (STEM) activities and introduce children and parents to STEM careers.

The event is free and open to the public. 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Center for the Arts, Luther College

To learn more, please visit our   website.
Promotional video 

AgAg is STEM 
In Iowa, a pathway exists for Agricultural Science teachers to qualify their courses for credits in Life Science, Chemistry and Physics as well as help students meet the Regent Admission Index.
The STEM Council's working group focused on Agricultural Science and STEM set out to find ways where the two could integrate. The group's final recommendations to the STEM Council included spreading the word about their findings: Agricultural Science courses that satisfy Iowa Core standards can count for certain high school science credits, but there is an approval process to consider.
That process includes ensuring teachers are certified to teach science before getting school board approval on the match. As an example, agricultural science teachers who use CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) in the classroom have successfully made this happen in their local school districts already, including Matt Eddy.
"The school board of Southeast Polk High School approved my animal and plant biotech course as a biology science credit," said Eddy, Southeast Polk High School agriculture teacher. "Now, students have a lot more flexibility in choosing which biology class works best for their schedule. The biology teacher was also able to offer a different environmental science because of this change, which gives students even more options in meeting their high school science graduation requirements."
You can find out more on the approval process here: 
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