November 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. 

Congratulations to MMCRU - NW Iowa's Latest STEM BEST Awardee!

Congratulations to Matt Hansen and MMCRU School District (Marcus, Meriden, Cleghorn, Remsen, Union) School on receiving a STEM BEST Award of $25,000!  MMCRU's Industrial Tech Program, in partnership with local business, will be purchasing commercial grade manufacturing equipment such as CNC machining, advanced millwork processing technologies and welding robotic cells to provide industry grade materials and projects to 9-12 grade students.

Partners Include: SmithCo Manufacturing, Inc, KREG Tool, RJ Thomas Manufacturing, Vermeer Corporation, Wetherell Manufacturing, Inc. 

We look forward to seeing this program grow and meet the needs of NW Iowa's workforce!
Advanced Manufacturing STEM Festival - ILCC

On October 4, 2019, Iowa Lakes Community College hosted an Advanced Manufacturing STEM Festival at the SERT Building.  Local manufactures Students form  North Union, Emmetsburg, and Okoboji middle schools attended sessions that include: Iowa Lakes engineering tech, local business mini-sessions, and a tour of GKN (across the street from SERT Building).  Local businesses included Rosenboom, Polaris, Jon Bond Performance, Precision Food Innovations, and AGCO. Seventh graders enjoyed the hands-on experience and exposure to Advanced Manufacturing jobs in the ILCC area. 
Mathematics Scale-Up Program 
Awardees Announced

Congratulations to the following on their Mathematics Scale-Up Program Awards!!  The following schools and organizations were awarded. These awards will benefit 3,442 students and 120 educators!  
  • Albert City-Truesdale Elementary School
  • Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools
  • Boyden-Hull Elementary School
  • East Sac County Middle School
  • Galva-Holstein Elementary School
  • Gilmore City Elementary School
  • Glidden Ralston Community School
  • Graettinger-Terril Elementary School
  • Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary School
  • Hinton Elementary School
  • Holy Cross Blessed Sacrament School
  • Holy Cross St. Michael School
  • ISU Extension & Outreach: Buena Vista Co.
  • Kingsley-Pierson Elementary School
  • Laurens-Marathon CSD
  • Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.
  • MMCRU Marcus Elementary School
  • Morningside Elementary
  • Moville Elementary School
  • Newell-Fonda Elementary
  • Odebolt-Arthur School District
  • Pocahontas Area Elementary School
  • Remsen St. Mary's Grade School
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Sioux Center Public Library
  • Sioux Central Middle School
  • Siouxland Christian School
  • Spirit Lake Elementary School
  • St Mary"s School
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
  • Storm Lake Early Childhood Center
  • Storm Lake Elementary School
  • Washta Public Library
  • West Monona Elementary
Pint Size Science at Lawton-Bronson 

Micaela Borer, Preschool teacher, at Lawton-Bronson shared some pictures of their recent delivery of Pint Size Science STEM Scale-Up award materials. Preschool received Push and Pull and Tiny Tinkerers. Mrs. Broer wrote the following: "My kids have already begun to explore with the push and pull ramps on their own and are LOVING it!" Thank you for sharing with the NW region!  I encourage other schools to also share their stories of STEM with us!

Upcoming Festivals

Lawton-Bronson Preschool STEM Festival - November 7 5:30-7:30
Preschool students and their families will go from station to station in the gym exploring the many STEM Scale-up program awards Lawton-Bronson has received the past few years to boost STEM awareness with parents.

Pocahontas County STEM Festival - November 8 - 9:00-2:30 at Laurens-Marathon Elementary - Grades TK-6 from Pocahontas and Pocahontas Catholic - 481 students - 30 minute sessions - two color tracts one for younger kids - one for older. Looking for about 25 presenters local and statewide. The theme is STEM Careers.

Le Mars Preschool STEM Festival - November 14, 5-6:30pm - 76 students- Little Rascals preschool also. Located in the gym. The goal is to engage children during playtime. Sessions include: Ramps and Pathways, Light and Shadow, Pint Size Science Bee Bots, PSS Mini Meteorologist, and STEM in Action Ron's Ramp Adventure. 

Siouxland Christian Christmas Light STEM Festival - December 3, 6-8 pm - K-12- 230 students. Their goal is the festival is to begin to develop a STEM culture in their school. Session will be in the gym with various businesses and organizations participating around the theme of Christmas Lights.

Cherokee (Kee to STEM) Festival - December 10- 6:00-8:00 pm - Cherokee Middle school students - 5-8 - Partnering with Public library and Sanford Museum. Sessions in classrooms- students will register for a color track and attend 4 sessions. We are looking for presenters - state and local. The theme is STEM Careers.

For more information on these and other festivals in the NW Region, please contact Mary Trent at
Computer Science is Elementary Schools Visit Loess Hills Elementary

The 12 schools that were awarded the Computer Science is Elementary sent key members of their team to visit Loess Hills Elementary in Sioux City in October.  Teachers observed coding lessons and computer science integration lessons.  The purpose of these visits is to let teachers see how computer science can be integrated into various curricular areas such as Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Coding skills are taught to students once a week and then those skills are then practiced as students integrate coding into their course work that week. Loess Hills teachers and principal, John Beeck, were great hosts and offered advice and guidance to the visiting schools. 
NW STEM Advisory Board Tours Sioux City West High School's STEM BEST Program

The NW STEM Advisory Board held their October meeting at Sioux City West High School. in 2018, Sioux City Community School District expanded the GeoPhysics (Geometry + Physics) STEM curriculum implemented during the 2017-2018 school year to establish authentic partnerships with three new business partners. Community partnerships integrated real-world questions for students to practice problem-solving utilizing 21st century skills of collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. The NW STEM Board was able to see these efforts continue as students were preparing to begin a project in which they will create adaptive solutions for individuals with disabilities.  The board witnessed some really great instruction, engaging classroom discussions, and a visit from a physical therapist all to generate ideas for students and their projects.  Amazing work happening here!
NW STEM Checkout System 

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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