Northwest Iowa STEM Newsletter

April 2023

Mary Trent
NW Regional STEM Manager
Contact me at [email protected]
Northwest Regional Advisory Board Members

Tina Benton,

Sioux City

Ben Bouza, 


Beth Bunkers, Primghar

Tyler Hahn,


Lex Jacobson,


Jordan Menning, Rock Rapids

Andrew Roelfs,

Sioux Center

Mary Skopec,

Spirit Lake

Brenda Welch, Meriden

Dr. Tanner Metz, Estherville

Dr. Michelle Metzger, Storm Lake

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NW STEM April Events

April 4 - Gehlen Catholic Preschool STEM Night

April 7 - STEM Scale-Up Awardees Announced

April 14 - NCC 8th Grade Career Day

April 20 - STEM Council Meeting in Des Moines

April 20 - Sibley-Ocheyedan STEM Festival

April 25 - MMCRU Survivor STEM Festival

STEM Scale-Up Awards

Announced on April 7, 2023

If you applied for at STEM Scale-Up Award for the 2023-24 School year, you will be receiving an email sent to you through our database system from [email protected] with the award decision on your application on April 7, 2023. Be sure to check your Spam folders just in case! If you have questions about your application, please contact Mary Trent at [email protected]

Carroll County Nature Festival

Students in grades PS-5 attended a Nature STEM Festival at Swan Lakes State Park in Carroll on March 18, 2023 from 9am-1pm. About 160 Students rotated among four different sessions learning about many different aspects of nature and STEM. Swan Lake Naturalist, Kristen Bieret, helped to host and organize the event. Many volunteers from the community helped out. Pella Corporation, Iowa State Extension, Carroll Public Library, County Conservation, IDNR were some of the volunteer organizations and businesses that were presenters at the festival. We couldn't have done it without their help! Big thank you to everyone!

Teacher Externs Needed!

Teachers, are you looking for the best professional development experience that

pays you $4800 and 3 Grad Credits?

We are looking for Teachers for fill these spots at our host locations in the NW Region. Please contact Marc Benedict if you are interested at b[email protected] - Time is limited - Email TODAY!

For more information about our Teacher Externship Program, click here

Carroll County STEM Festival:

Building a Future Workforce

NW STEM had a huge impact on the Carroll Community on March 27-28! About 1300 students from Carroll Community, Kuemper Catholic, and Glidden-Ralston attended a STEM festival spanning two days at the Kuemper Fieldhouse in Carroll. Students ranging in grades 6-10 experienced hands-on exhibits put on by 32 Carroll County Businesses! Students learned first hand what some of the STEM skills, problem solving skills, and challenges these careers entail. "It was an eye-opening experience for some to realize that we have many STEM careers right here in Carroll County." Special Thanks to the Businesses and Organizations that participated:

  • Adaptive Audiology
  • Carroll Ambulance Dept
  • Carroll Broadcasting News Director
  • Carroll Police Dept
  • Carroll Fire Dept
  • Chevron Renewable Energy Group
  • Collins Aerospace
  • DMACC Robots
  • DMACC Welding
  • Dupaco
  • Fareway
  • Game One
  • Hy-Vee
  • IDNR Conservation Officer
  • Iowa Corn Growers
  • Iowa Corn Processors
  • ISU Extension
  • IT Director Carroll County
  • JEO
  • Landus
  • MC Farland Physical Therapy
  • McFarland Clinic
  • McLaughlin
  • Nelson Electric
  • New Opportunities
  • Noel & Co
  • Pella
  • Puck Enterprise - Manning
  • Rural Route Roaster
  • St. Anthony Physical Therapy
  • St. Anthony's Hospital
  • Swan Lake Conservation Education Center
  • Trees Forever
  • Western Iowa Networks

NW STEM Advisory Board Tours

West Lyon High School's STEM BEST

NW STEM Advisory Board held their March meeting at West Lyon High School on March 24, 2023. NW STEM Advisory Board members and guests received a tour of the West Lyon Industrial Technology facilities and received an overview of the program by educators Shane Peterson and Nate Sievers. Their goal is to build a program that is recognized as one of the best in the state, providing access and training to all West Lyon students. Most students enroll in at least one shop class with a goal of expanding female participation to 40%. The program is using grant funds to purchase (as well as use as matching funds) in order to expand the program. Noteworthy awards are the STEM BEST +HD award, NW STEM Teacher Award as well as a $100,000 award from Grand Falls Casino using new awards for matching funds.

  • Awarded funds were used to purchase 3D printers, CNC mill, other specialty tools and for building expansion.
  • Open shop night every Tuesday
  • Skills USA participation - West Lyon has 2 teams. Last year a team won the state competition, the only team to complete the task. This year they hope to make it to the national competition and in the process of raising funds through their first fundraiser event held, a prime rib dinner with silent auction, on March 23. Approximately $23,000 was raised.
  • Robotics component added as a Scale-Up award, curriculum continues to adapt and expand.
  • West Lyon students will be competing in the NW Iowa Industrial Technology Fair held at NCC in May. Of special note - Junk Yard Challenge, to build a go-cart from scraps using only $150.
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! 

NW STEM Checkout System is OPEN!

NW STEM Checkout system has many great STEM Scale-Up kits as well as other materials perfect for classrooms, homeschools, libraries, and after school groups! And the best part, everything is FREE!!

We utilize the AEA van system to make deliveries of all our kits. You can keep the kits as long as you need them and simply set them out for the AEA van to pick up. It's as simple as that!

You can find a complete list of our items and check out form here: