March  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
Teresa Alesch, Emmetsburg
John Bedward, Storm Lake
Kathleen Bottaro, Sioux City
Benjamin Bouza, Hawarden
Derek Brower, Orange City
Beth Bunkers, Primghar
Eric Forseth, Sioux Center
Linda Gray, Everly
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. 

 2019 STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships Statewide Summit

This year's Future Ready Iowa Summit titled, "STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships," takes place on April 30, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.  The Governor's STEM Advisory Council will be hosting the event.

The summit agenda includes remarks by the Governor, Lt. Governor and Iowa leaders in business, industry and education. The morning keynote speaker is Pallavi Verma, senior managing director U.S.-Midwest at Accenture, who will talk about harnessing Artificial Intelligence to innovate and grow. Gov. Reynolds also will announce the names of six high-poverty elementary schools that will receive a total of $300,000 in grants ($50,000 each) as part of the Computer Science is Elementary Project.

Registration for the Summit is now open and additional information can be found at

Dordt Festival     
On February 9, 2019, Dordt College hosted a STEM Festival in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach and NW STEM.  Students worked with paper circuits to make light up Valentine's Day cards.  These materials came from the Making STEM Connections Scale-Up Program.  Students also explored Snap Circuits supplied by ITC Electric. An electrifying day for sure!!
Lawton-Bronson STEM Night    

On February 12, Lawton-Bronson Elementary hosted a STEM night for their preschool parents and siblings. Families explored Bee Bots, Cubelets, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, and many more activities that were all supplied by the NW STEM checkout system. 
Okoboji STEM Festival 
On February 15, 2019, Okoboji Elementary School hosted at Family STEM night.  Jo Ann Sackett, this year's STEM Teacher of the Year for the NW Region, organized the event.  Students enjoyed a wide range of STEM activities. 
STEM Day at the Capitol
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council convened at the state capitol building on March 13, 2019.  This was a fun-filled day of showcasing our STEM partners across the state and meeting with our legislators to share with them the great STEM education that is taking place in our state.  Later, Kemin Industries had a reception for the past I.O.W.A. STEM Teachers celebrating it's 5th year. 

2018-2019 Scale-Up Application Applications due on March 4, 2019

Since 2011, the Iowa STEM Council has vetted high quality STEM programs available to Iowa educators in formal and informal education settings. The 2019-20 Scale-Up Program menu has been released and educators can apply now thru March 4. The Scale-Up program menu ranges from coding programs to hands-on biotechnology and agriculture projects to STEM career exploration.

Professional Development 
For STEM Scale-Up Programs

On February 26,  NW STEM will be hosted a professional development day for teachers highlighting the Scale-Up Programs. Over 50 teachers gathered to network with each other, learn more about the new Scale-Up programs, and hear from NW STEM Teacher Externs. Wonderful day! 
Applications are Open!
Computer Science is Elementary

Application details are now available for Computer Science is Elementary. The project will transform six high-poverty elementary schools across Iowa into models of innovative computer science instruction by the 2020-2021 school year. A growing number of jobs require computer science skills. This program will help prepare students for success in computer science and future careers opportunities.

School districts and non-public school systems with an elementary building of at least 40 percent of students eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch are eligible to apply. Six awardees will be selected to receive a $50,000 planning award through a competitive award application process. One Computer Science is Elementary School will be located in each of the six regions established by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.
Applications due March 29, 2019

The application template and additional information about the Computer Science is Elementary project can be found at .

Checkout STEM Kits

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. 

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! 

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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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