August 2020

Mary Trent

NW Regional STEM Manager


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Northwest Regional Advisory Board Members
A special thank you to the STEM Advisory Board
of NW Iowa

John Bedward, Storm Lake
Benjamin Bouza, Hawarden
Derek Brower, Orange City
Beth Bunkers, Primghar
Eric Forseth, Sioux Center
Makenzie Reiling, Sioux City
Ginny Gunderson, Lake Park
Kiana Johnson, Primghar
Nancy McDowell, Sheldon
Jordan Menning, Rock Rapids
Teresa Putnam, Hartley
Brenda Welch, Meriden
Mark Zabawa, Spencer
Andrew Roelfs, Sioux Center
Tyler Hahn, Cherokee
2020 STEM Scale Up Professional Development

Educators across NW Iowa are attending STEM Scale-Up Professional Development training virtually this summer. Educators applied for programs they were interested in integrating into their curriculums earlier this year.  Virtual trainings proved to be be quite effective. Some of our Scale-Up Providers were able to provide hands-on materials during the professional development making the trainings interactive and hands-on. Excitement is building among our educators as they learn about our wonderful STEM programs and materials! 
Look for Iowa State Fair Updates!

STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair will look quite different this year, be sure to check out their website in the upcoming day for more informations!

STEM Essential, an Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council podcast series featuring leading advocates and voices discussing the impact of STEM education on our students now - and what strong STEM education will mean for the future ahead.

Dr. Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, interviews guests about what inspired their path with STEM, how they view the current outlook for STEM and what they expect to see in the years ahead.

Tune in!
New episodes of this five-part series will be available weekly through June. To listen, click on the link:

STEM Teacher Externs Collaboration    
Teachers across Iowa who participated in the STEM Teacher Externship Program met virtually to share their experiences.  Teachers spend 6 weeks in a business in the summer and learn more about the business, participate in quality improvement discussions, and work on a project relating the business skills they are using each day in the world of work to their classroom curriculum. Teachers are given a $4500 stipend and can earn 3 Graduate Credit hours.  

With this meeting being virtual, we we able to have many of our business partners join us.  Some have already participated in the Externship program, and some joined to learn more about the program and become potential new partners. Many of the educators and business partners expressed positive, long lasting, and impactful experiences. 

In response to the sudden shift from classroom learning to at home learning, the STEM Council has launched Teachable Moment - a collection of lessons and activities that are right at your fingertips and easy to implement at home. Students, parents and educators will find free access to resources from STEM Scale-Up Program providers, direct links to our Pinterest boards and some of our favorite pinned activities, lessons from partners and much more.

Check out Teachable Moment today at

Help spread the word! Share information about Teachable Moment and your experiences with the lessons and activities on our website using #TeachableMoment.

NW STEM Checkout System
(Suspended until further Notice)

NW STEM Checkout system utilizes the AEA van system to make deliveries and pick ups of all our kit.  You can find a complete list of our items and check out form here:
Share your Scale-Up Story with Us!

Were you awarded a Scale-Up Program this year?  If so, please share your story and pictures with us!  We will share your story in our newsletters and social media. Invite me out to see the Scale-up Program in action! 



Check out NW STEM Website!

Northwest STEM Calendar  - Stay up-to-date on all Northwest STEM regional opportunities and even a few state-wide. Use this calendar to share your STEM events with others.
NW STEM Lending Resources - Check out the STEM lending library for educators and place you order online.
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