November 2019

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 




Upcoming Events 

Cedar Falls
January 21
Scale-Up Application Opens 
February 10
STEM B.E.S.T. Application Opens
 February 19
STEM Day  
at the Capitol 
March 2
Scale-Up Application Closes
March 24
Cedar Falls
 Cedar Falls

April 14
Iowa STEM Summit
Des Moines

April 16 
April 23 
May 15
STEM B.E.S.T. Application Closes

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

 Larry Escalada
 University of
Northern Iowa

 Heather Fransen

 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

Allison Plunkett
John Deere

Anderson Sainci
City of Dubuque

Three Schools Receive STEM B.E.S.T. Award in Northeast Iowa
As part of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council initiative to bring teachers and industry professionals together to help prepare students for STEM careers, 13 schools were selected to be a 2019 STEM B.E.S.T. ( Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program Partner. 
The STEM B.E.S.T. Program supports school-business partnerships that allow teachers and industry professionals to work side-by-side on curriculum and projects that give students actual workplace experience and an understanding of the opportunities and required skills for careers in STEM fields.  
Congratulations to the STEM B.E.S.T. awardees in Northeast Iowa. They include; 
  • Jesup Community School District
  • New Hampton Community School District
  • Waterloo Community School District
A total of 63 STEM B.E.S.T. partnerships have been established since the program launched in 2014. For more information about the STEM B.E.S.T. Program, visit
STEM Festival in Elkader was Inspirational!
On October 24, we had over 250 people attend the STEM festival in Elkader.   Exhibits featured interactive STEM activities for students and their families. Attendees conducted amazing science experiments, observed a variety of fascinating animals, performed surgery with a Laparoscopic Surgical Trainer, tested their skills on a welding simulator, and much more!
Thank you to our STEM exhibitors!
  • Clayton County B.E.S.T.
  • Clayton County Conservation
  • East Buchanan Robotics - FTC
  • Fayette County Conservation Board
  • Fusion Products
  • Geater Machining and Mfg.
  • Green Iowa Americorps
  • Iowa Public Television
  • IowaWORKS
  • ISU Extension and Outreach  4-H
  • Keystone Area Education Agency
  • Mobile Track Solutions
  • Northeast Iowa Community College: Magnetism
  • Northeast Iowa Community College: Career Learning Link
  • Northeast Iowa Community College: Nursing Program
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • Starmont SunDevils Robotics
  • The Grout Museum District
  • University of Iowa Health Care STEM Education
  • Wartburg College
  • West Delaware High School
  • Zwanziger Realty & MSA Professional Services

Some quotes from participants;
I really loved this event thanks so much  
Was great fun. Many great learning experiences for kids (Adult)
Cool event for families  
Learned a lot  
Thank you to the planning committee and a special thank you to Keystone AEA for the venue and Clayton County Development Group for the delicious STEM cookies. 
Course: Meeting the Needs of all Students through STEM Principles 
Time is running out to register for the STEM Principles course.  
Course #180263 - Meeting the Needs of all  
Students through STEM Principals
Strands available include:
*   Project-Based Learning (PBL)
*   I am starting from scratch - HELP
*   Maker Space
*   Early Childhood STEM Connection
Cedar Falls
December 12 
Deadline to register is November 27
To register, visit AEA Learning Online.  
    1.) Click to see offerings by Central Rivers AEA.
    2.) Select course #180263  
    3.) Log In to AEA Learning Online  
Exhibitor Registration is Open for  
STEM Festivals this Spring
Exhibitor registration is open for STEM festivals being held throughout Northeast Iowa. They include;  
Tuesday, March 24  
4:00PM to 7:30PM
University of Northern Iowa Dome 
Thursday, April 16
4:00PM to 7:00PM
University of Dubuque
Thursday, April 23
4:00PM to 7:00PM 
Luther College 
Northeast Iowa STEM Region Awards  
Scale-Up Programs  
Educators throughout Iowa had an opportunity to apply for one of three Math Scale-Up Programs in September. The programs were Bootstrap:Data Science, Desmos Middle School Math and Differentiated Math Centers.
On October 31, the Northeast Iowa STEM Region awarded 127 educators throughout the region a Math Scale-Up Program. Awards will impact nearly 3,600 students.    
Educators will take part in trainings for the awarded programs, followed by implementation during the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.   
Congratulations to the organizations awarded a Program!!