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
Labor- Management Council
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Tool & Die and Innovations
Martin Brothers Distributing
JB Holland Construction
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.
STEM Council Announces 2017-18 STEM BEST Awardees
On October 23, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council announced awards for 19 new
partnerships in Iowa. The STEM Council's Executive Committee voted unanimously to award and support 19 of 31 proposed partnerships including Cedar Falls, Oelwein and Turkey Valley/Riceville community school districts. Each awarded program will receive $25,000 from the STEM Council and must provide at least $25,000 in match funds.
STEM BEST partners transform typical K-12 classroom environments and methods by uniting the workplace with the classroom and developing clear pathways from STEM education to STEM careers in the state. From 2014-2016, the STEM Council established 18 STEM BEST programs that tie STEM classrooms with the skills, knowledge and behaviors needed at local companies.
Each awardee demonstrated through a rigorous proposal process substantive commitments on the part of school and business stakeholders to bridge these two cultures through education programs deeply interwoven with business applications. Working side-by-side, teachers and industry professionals will craft curriculum and projects that prepare students for exciting career pathways in the STEM fields of manufacturing, information technology, bioscience (agriculture and medicine), finance, and more.
"Iowa companies must be able to hire enough skilled workers so they can grow and innovate and more Iowans deserve to have the skills needed for rewarding careers," said Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council. "Through STEM BEST, educators and business leaders work together with students to strengthen Iowa's talent pipeline and close the skills gap. STEM BEST is one of many programs that promise to help reach our Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of Iowa's workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025."
You are Invited to Attend the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival on Tuesday
Bring your whole family to the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival on Tuesday, November 7 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.
Experience FREE and FUN hands-on activities pertaining to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
What you will experience during the STEM festival:
- Organizations will feature interactive STEM exhibits and activities for all ages
- Robotics showcase - First Lego League, First Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition
- Exciting shows from the Grout Museum District
- Three showings of the film/documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World
- Back draft simulator from Waterloo Fire Rescue
- Virtual Reality Sandbox from Cedar Valley Makers
- Visit our website to learn more
The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Oelwein was AWESOME!!
Awesome, was just one of the comments we received on October 12 when 24 exhibitors provided hands-on STEM activities during the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Oelwein.
Comments from attendees:
- Total attendance: 715 (479 were 18 years of age or younger)
- Cities/towns represented: 22
- School Districts represented: 14
- Awesome, very educational
- Everything was so fun yet I learned a bunch!
- Great activities!
- Great opp. for our kids!
- Great opportunity for students
- It was cool
- It was great! My kids loved it.
- The STEM festival was amazing!
- Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful
On behalf of the planning committee, I want to thank the organizations that exhibited and shared their talents with the families throughout Northeast Iowa.