October 2018

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 


Upcoming Events 
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

 Larry Escalada
 University of
Northern Iowa

 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

 NortheastYou're Invited to Attend the  
Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival 
on October 18 in Fayette    
Bring your whole family to the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on Thursday, October 18 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Upper Iowa University Recreation Center in Fayette.

Experience FREE and FUN hands-on activities pertaining to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

(8-1/2 X 11)

For further information, please visit our   website
teacherOctober 9 is the Deadline to Nominate an Outstanding STEM Teacher  
Do you know a teacher doing outstanding work in the STEM fields?  

It's not too late to nominate a teacher for the 2019 I.O.W.A. (Innovative, Outstanding, Worldly, Academic) STEM Teacher Award sponsored by Kemin Industries. This award celebrates teachers whose leadership and dedication to STEM in Iowa increases students' interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
One teacher from each of the six STEM regions will receive a $1,500 award along with an additional $1,500 to be used for their classroom. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, October 9, and recipients will be announced January 2019.  Nominate a STEM teacher today at  
For more information about this award and the nomination process, visit   www.IowaSTEM.gov/TeacherAward .
Looking for Workplace Hosts for 2019 STEM Teacher Externship Program
Part of the mission of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is to provide work-based learning opportunities. The Iowa STEM Teacher Externship Program is a unique opportunity for workplaces to build mutually beneficial partnerships with some of Iowa's talented STEM educators and impact the future workforce.
The STEM Teacher Externship Program matches workplace hosts with local STEM educators who assist with hands-on projects for six weeks during the summer. Externship matches are carefully made based on an educator's interests and skills and the needs of the workplace host.
The educator i s able to bring his or her summer externship experience along with real-world applications back to the classroom, while also providing students with career information about workplaces in their community.
The STEM Teacher Externship Program continues to grow with more than 150 workplace partners participating in the program since 2009.
Workplaces interested in hosting a summer extern can complete an interest form at www.iowastem.gov/externships-workplace-host-summer-commitment. 

Please email  Jeff Beneke, if you have questions pertaining to the program.   
Exhibitors Wanted on November 8 for the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival
The Cedar Valley Family STEM festival will take place Thursday, November 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Convention Center in Waterloo.

The goal of the STEM festival is to show PreK-12 students and their families how exciting science, technology, engineering and math can be through hands-on activities that connect to careers. 
In order to make these events successful, we need activities from businesses and educators across the region.   
Exhibitor Registration Deadline  
October 22   
Visit our website to learn more. 
Deadline to Apply for the Innovation Fund
is October 8
The intention of the Innovation Fund is not to support past or current STEM scale-up programs with additional resources, but rather serve as an incubator for STEM activities outside of current or past Iowa STEM Council programming.

The STEM Council invites applications for ideas that will have an impact upon Iowans locally, regionally, and potentially on a statewide level.