September 2019

Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional
STEM Manager 




Upcoming Events 

Webinar at 4PM

September 13
STEM BEST application deadline

September 19
STEM Principles Course
Clear Lake

October 1

October 24

October 29
STEM Principles Course

December 12
STEM Principles Course
Cedar Falls
March 24
Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival  
Cedar Falls

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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

 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

Nominate a Teacher for the   
I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award   
 Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the 2020 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries and the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.  
This award is dedicated to honoring one teacher from each of the six STEM regions for their contributions and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. Each recipient will receive $1,500 for personal use, as well as another $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

This award honors teachers who make a significant difference in the lives of students across the state by providing excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future. We are looking for educators who represent I.O.W.A., defined as:
 Use unique ways to educate students to develop a curiosity in STEM fields.
Have a true passion for education and provide an exceptional learning experience.
Help students see that STEM is all around us and is more than the sum of its parts.
Engage students in the classroom, preparing them for higher education and high- demand careers. 
Anyone can nominate a teacher via through Friday, October 4, 2019. Once nominated, teachers will fill out an application to be assessed by a panel of judges who will select the six award recipients. Honorees will be announced in January 2020.
Eligible nominees include licensed, full-time, PreK-12 Iowa STEM teachers in public or non-public schools. Nominations for previous award recipients and self-nominations will not be accepted  
For more information about this award and the nomination process, visit .

Apply today for a Math  
Scale-Up Program 
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is accepting applications for another round of Scale-Up Programming.  Thanks to an additional investment during the legislative session, the Iowa STEM Council will specifically scale mathematics education programs proven to increase interest and achievement among K-12 students across Iowa.  
K-12 schools, afterschool programs and other educational organizations are encouraged to apply for the programs to be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The three STEM Scale-Up Programs selected include:
Deadline to apply is October 1, 2019.  Award recipients will be announced October 31. Training for each of the programs will occur after awardees are notified.
For additional information about STEM Scale-Up Program mathematics menu and to apply, please visit .
Deadline to apply for  
STEM B.E.S.T. is September 13  
Teachers and industry professionals will work side-by-side to 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.
  September 13, 2019
For further information, visit:  
Last Chance to Exhibit at the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Elkader  
Join us in sharing the excitement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by exhibiting at the   Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Elkader on Thursday, October 24 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. 
The goals of the STEM festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities and to introduce children and parents to STEM careers.
Who is Invited to Exhibit:
  • Business and industry
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Non-profit groups
  • Government organizations
  • Other
Click on the icon below to register to exhibit. 
For questions contact; 
Jeff Beneke at   
Professional Development in  
STEM Principles   
The Central Rivers Area Education Agency is partnering with the North Central and Northeast Iowa STEM Regions in offering the course: Meeting the Needs of all Students through STEM Principals (Course #180263). Educators may register for one of the three locations offered: 

Clear Lake 
September 19 and January 24
October 29 and February 20
Cedar Falls  
December 12 and April 4
Register at AEA Online Learning 
Strands available include:
  • I have (or just received) a STEM Scale Up Grant
  • What does STEM Integration Look Like (How to Integrate)
  • Project-Based Learning(PBL)
  • I am starting from scratch - HELP  
  • Maker Space
  • Early Childhood STEM Connection    
Three STEM Festivals to be held in the Spring 
The Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the many community partners involved in STEM festival planning committee's are pleased to announce three STEM festivals will be held in the Spring of 2020. 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