November 2017

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


Upcoming Events

November 6-7
UNI Education Summit
Cedar Falls

November 7
Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival

April 12
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival

April 21
Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

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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

 Scott Fortune
 Upper Iowa
Tool & Die and Innovations

 Doreen Hayek
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Chad Heinzel
 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

 Norma Thiese

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 Announces 2017-18 STEM BEST Awardees

On October 23, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council announced awards for 19 new STEM BEST 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."
cvYou 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
northeastThe 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.  
  • Total attendance: 715  (479 were 18 years of age or younger)
  • Cities/towns represented:  22
  • School Districts represented:  14
Comments from attendees:
  • 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.