September 2018

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. 

Governor's STEM Advisory Council
STEM is the foundation for innovative problem-solving and discovery through exploratory learning. It is important for teachers, students, parents, businesses and communities to connect and have awareness, and access to world-class STEM education opportunities. In Northwest Iowa, we are committed to growing STEM education and opportunities.
Nominate a Teacher for I.O.W.A. STEM Award 
Do you know a deserving teacher who is a champion at STEM education?  Nominate them for the  2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award. Sponsored by Kemin Industries, this award celebrates teachers whose leadership and dedication to STEM in Iowa increases students' interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

One teacher from each of Iowa's six STEM regions will receive a $1,500 award along with an additional $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 9, and winners will be announced in January 2019. To learn more about this program and see previous award recipients, visit the following:  To nominate a teacher, visit the following:

Apply Today!!

The Application Portal for STEM BEST is Now Active!

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. Each awardee demonstrated through a rigorous proposal process substantive commitments on the part of school and business stakeholders to bridge these two cultures through education programs deeply interwoven with business applications. Working side-by-side, teachers and industry professionals will 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. Please visit for more information on this outstanding opportunity! Applications are due September 12, 2018.
Click here to learn more about the application process
Click here to begin your application

NW STEM Advisory Board Tours Cherokee
On August 23, the NW STEM Advisory Board toured the Sanford Museum and Planetarium and the Foundation Analytic Laboratory in Cherokee. We were amazed again to find that NW Iowa has such wonderful organizations and businesses. Both businesses shared with us their current partnerships with area school as well as exploring more avenues for partnerships.
The Museum and Planetarium has many local prehistoric artifacts and fossils in their  Archaeology vs. Paleontology exhibit. the Planetarium takes viewers on trips to space, local attractions, and even inside the human body.
The Analytic lab performs chemical and microbiological analysis testing on samples brought in by businesses and private citizens. Some of their customers are biofuel plants and animal feed. The lab is looking to expand and move into a larger facility next year.
STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair
On August 19, the Governor's STEM Council entertained and informed fair-goers at the Iowa State Fair.  Iowa Lakes Community College SERT department had an interactive exhibit and Mark Zababwa, instructor at ILCC and NW STEM board member, amazed a crowd of children with making snow in August! Governor Kim Reynolds spoke to the crowd about the great strides Iowa has made in the STEM initiative as well as the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award opening the application process. 
NW STEM at Iowa Lakes 
Back to School Bash!
On August 22, NW STEM had a booth at the annual Iowa Lakes Back to School Bash in Estherville.  Around 1,000 children, parents, and community members visited the event.  NW STEM exhibited the Ramps and Pathways Scale-Up Program and a project dealing with circuits.  It was a great night of fun and excitement gearing up for another school year. 
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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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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