September 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

teacherNominate a Teacher for the   
I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award   
Do you know a teacher doing outstanding work in the STEM fields? Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award. Nominations are currently being accepted through Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Sponsored by Kemin Industries, the award recognizes one full-time, licensed PreK-12 teacher from each of the six STEM regions across the state for their passion in motivating their students to develop a lasting interest in STEM, both in and out of the classroom. The six teachers selected will each receive an award of $1,500, with an additional $1,500 for their classroom.
The Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries are eager to begin the fifth year of recognizing outstanding Iowa STEM educators and hope to honor all recipients over the past five years in the spring of 2019. This fifth year also marks an exciting update to the nomination process with the addition of preschool educators as eligible recipients.
Anyone can nominate a teacher via through Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 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 2019.
For more information about this award and the nomination process, visit .
STEM Council launches a new program referred to as the Innovation Fund
A goal of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is to support research based STEM education proven to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce children and their parents to careers through STEM.
In support of that goal, the STEM Advisory Council is piloting the Iowa STEM Innovation Fund, a financial resource pool available to organizations with ideas for innovative STEM programs that show promise for supporting the goal.
The intention of this 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. The Council will not fund marketing or promotional campaigns for commercial products or services, nor will it fund policy advocacy activities.
Eligible Applicants
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Home school associations
  • Area education associations
  • Iowa-registered non-profits

Deadline to apply
October 8

Interested in becoming a 2019-2020 STEM Scale-Up Program Provider?

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is seeking applications for the 2019-2020 STEM Scale-Up Program, designed to deliver high-quality programs to engage Iowa students in STEM activities and units through in-school, afterschool and other educational settings. The STEM Scale-Up Program provides STEM educational opportunities to nearly 100,000 students each year, with more than 500,000 students impacted to date.  
August 31, 2018 to October 1, 2018 
Exhibitors wanted for STEM Festivals in Northeast Iowa  

Exhibitor registration is open for the STEM festivals this Fall. Please join us in sharing the excitement of STEM and to inform kids and their parents about the career opportunities involving STEM. 

Thursday, October 18 
4:00 to 7:00  
Upper Iowa University, Fayette   
Exhibitor Registration Deadline
October  11
Thursday, November 8  
4:00 to 7:30  
Waterloo Convention Center, Waterloo
Exhibitor Registration Deadline  
October 22   
Deadline to apply for  
STEM B.E.S.T. is September 12 
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has awarded 37 STEM BEST® Programs since 2014 with an opportunity to grow a series of community collaborations involving school+business partnerships. 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.
For more information or to apply, visit .
STEM Council Launches  
Computer Science is Elementary  
(DES MOINES) - Gov. Kim Reynolds and Roger Hargens, CEO of Accumold, co-chairs of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, on Monday announced a project to launch six innovative computer science elementary schools. The six high-poverty schools will be competitively selected to transform existing buildings with engaging computer science instruction. This will create more opportunity for their students, including real-life work experiences with area employers. It will also establish a network of computer science expertise as a resource for all public and non-public elementary schools across the state.
Loess Hills Computer Science Elementary School in Sioux City is the inspiration for the Computer Science is Elementary project. The district pioneered one of the first computer science elementary schools in the nation in 2015 when Loess Hills started teaching computational thinking and other skills, such as problem solving and teamwork. Loess Hills will serve as a blueprint for the project, which aligns with the Future Ready Iowa initiative to prepare more Iowans for rewarding, high-demand jobs.
"Computer science is a new basic skill in the 21st century," Gov. Reynolds said. "It is critical to build a strong foundation early so students are ready for outstanding career opportunities in a technology-driven economy. These are Iowa jobs that pay well with a lot of potential for growth."
"The computer science workforce shortage that employers face will grow unless we accelerate computer science instruction in K-12 schools," Hargens said. "Many more jobs will require at least some computer science in the future, even if they are not strictly IT positions."
Gary Scholten, executive vice president and chief digital and information officer at Principal Financial Group, is leading corporate engagement and support for the project. The campaign is working to raise $450,000 from the private sector by December 2018: $50,000 one-time planning grants for each of the six schools; $50,000 for Loess Hills Computer Programming School to serve as a blueprint; and $100,000 for a project manager. Once the six schools are launched, they will operate with regular school funding like Loess Hills Computer Programming School in Sioux City. Contributions so far include $175,000 total from Principal Financial Group, MidAmerican Energy Company, Rockwell Collins and Kemin Industries.
In January 2019, the STEM Council will issue requests for proposals and plans to announce the awards in spring 2019.
For more information, please contact Carrie Rankin, Managing Director, Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, at,  
319-273-2757 or 319-269-4116.