October 2017

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



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

 Scott Fortune
 Upper Iowa
Tool & Die and Innovations

 Doreen Hayek
 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

 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.

KeminOctober 6 is the DEADLINE to recognize an Outstanding Iowa STEM Teacher

Do you know a STEM teacher that goes above and beyond?

It's not too late to nominate a teacher for the 2018 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 in their classroom. Deadline for submissions is October 6, and recipients will be announced January 2018.  Nominate a STEM teacher today at www.stemaward.fluidreview.com
festivalsRegister to Exhibit at the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival on November 7   

The Cedar Valley Family STEM festival will take place Tuesday, November 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Five Sullivan's Brothers 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. 

In order to make these events successful, we need hands-on activities from businesses and educators across the region.  

DEADLINE to register to exhibit is October 20


To learn more visit our website.

  OelweinYou're Invited to attend the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on October 12.

Bring your whole family to the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on Thursday, October 12 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Community Plaza in Oelwein.

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

eieEngineering is Elementary has new Spanish Resources

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has scaled Engineering is Elementary to Iowa educators both in and out of the classroom since 2012.  A goal of the STEM Council is to engage all learners regardless of their zip code, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.   
Recently, the Museum of Science, Boston released Spanish translations of the student notebooks for all 20 Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere units.  These new translations are in addition to the 20 in-school curriculum units available in Spanish.
The Museum also provides a Spanish-language family letter on their website  on the individual page for each unit  
Download the notebooks and curricula  here.
 boardTHANK YOU to the Northeast STEM Advisory Board

The Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board is extremely active in programming and building connections. They promote opportunities throughout the region such as STEM Scale-Up programs, the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award sponsored by Kemin Industries, Family STEM Festivals, STEM Teacher Externships, STEM BEST┬« and more. Board members do the essential work of sifting through piles of applications, nominations and proposals to recommend recipients of STEM Scale-Up program awards, I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Awards and STEM BEST┬« awards.  
They generously invest their time and talent in meetings and events and build bridges for STEM to regional workforce development, business and industry, higher education, and other partners throughout the region.     
A Board member shares their insight:
Scott Fortune, owner of Upper Iowa Tool & Die and Innovations in Cresco, and a charter member of the Northeast Regional Advisory Board, serves because he wants to be a part of the change in the education of Iowa students (future employees). The most rewarding aspect for Scott is when the Board meets students impacted by their programs, "especially those in grade school or middle school" who can explain in great detail how their project works, the failures they ran into and what they did to overcome those problems. Says Scott, "This tells me our work as a Board in supporting the STEM education of students is working."         
- - THANK YOU to all Regional STEM Advisory Board members on behalf of the Northeast STEM Hub

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