June  2019

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
Your Community -
Your Events

Learning happens inside and outside of the classroom.
Learning can happen to anyone at any age.

If you know of any STEM events happening,  please submit your STEM event  
learning can happen anywhere, anytime, for  anyone. 


Two evaluation tasks are expected of all educators under the award agreement for the STEM Scale-Up Program through the Governor's STEM Advisory Council.
1) Educator Survey: The educator survey is to be completed at the end of the STEM Scale-Up Program. An email invitation with link to the educator survey will be sent to you in the Spring. This link is unique to you to help us direct reminder emails and to stop additional reminders once you have completed the survey. To request a link, contact Brandi Geisinger,  brandige@iastate.edu.
2) Student Participant List : The student participant list is to be completed at the end of the STEM Scale-Up Program ( access code is in the Excel Template).
Additional information and detailed instructions can be found in the one-page Overview at the link above.
Questions about the Educators Survey? Please contact Brandi.
For a full overview of evaluation instructions, visit   https://iowastem.gov/scale-monitoring .

2019-20 STEM Scale-Up Program Northwest Awards  

The 2019-20 STEM Scale-Up Awards were announce on April 10, 2019.  We are proud to announce that 1 3,580 students will take part in the upcoming year STEM programing in the Northwest.  189 Educators will participate in professional development training this summer and implement the programs in the upcoming school year. To view the Northwest awardees, click on this link. 
Graettinger-Terril STEM Festival  
On May 3, 2019, NW STEM partnered Graettinger-Terril Elementary for a STEM Festival.  Area businesses and organizations joined us to provide students with  hands-on sessions focusing on STEM careers in their region.  Students from Ruthven also joined in. Students investigated local lake water with Foldscopes (fold-able microscopes), experienced invisible energy with the Iowa Lakes SERT experts, and made "armpit fudge" with Iowa State Extension office.  It was a wide variety for students to explore! 
NW STEM Advisory Board Tours KCAU-TV    
On May 16, 2019, NW STEM Advisory Board held their meeting at KCAU-TV in Sioux City.  The board members we able to stay and watch the broadcast including all the workings of a remote location report.  KCAU-TV started in 1953 in downtown Sioux City.  We were able to get an inside look at weather forecasting and what meteorologist do when a storm cell is approaching. KCAU has been a great supporter of STEM education in the NW region by sharing our stories and events with Siouxland area. 
STEM BEST Applications are Open!

A priority for the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council for 2019-2020 is to expand the community of innovative, replicable STEM education models, known as Iowa STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program referenced throughout the application materials as STEM BEST® Program.

Example & Mentors
A total of 50 STEM BEST® Program models have been established in Iowa over five years. Past NW Regional STEM BEST recipients serve as pilots and mentors for districts wishing to start their own program. You can reach out to these schools for advice. 

Program Goal
The goal of STEM BEST® Program is to unite educators and employers to expand the learning continuum from school to careers. The STEM Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to support the establishment of Iowa STEM BEST® Program models, preferably evenly distributed across each of Iowa's six STEM regions. Successful applicants will become an Iowa STEM BEST® Program model of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.

Grant Funding: Up to $25,000
An applicant is required to provide a 1:1 match, up to $25,000. The match may be either cash or in-kind support. The match may be contributed by the applicant or a community partner. To be eligible as match, the cash or in-kind contribution must be provided during the funding period of the STEM BEST® Program grant.

Application Deadline
May 20, 2019: Application portal opens
September 13, 2019: Application due
September 16 - October 11, 2018: Application review
October 24, 2019: Awards announced
October 24, 2019 - June 30, 2020: STEM BEST® Program planning and implementation
January 15, 2020: Progress Report 1
June 30, 2020: Progress Report 2 and invoice must be submitted to:
Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council,
Attn: Kari Britain, 214 East Bartlett Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
June 30, 2021: Final Report

Further details on these awarded programs can be found at http://www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST.

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! 

Email: mtrent@iowalakes.edu


Checkout STEM Kits - Closed for the Summer!

Be sure to check out our STEM kits we have available for checkout on our website:  Resources Page  We pick up and deliver!  You can have them for an extended amount of time if needed. 

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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