Northwest Iowa STEM Newsletter

December 2022

Mary Trent
NW Regional STEM Manager
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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

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NW STEM December Events

December 5-9 Computer Science Education Week

December 5 - 4:00 CS Ed Week Educator Virtual Panel  

December 8 - Virtual Family Coding Night

December 14 - Future Ready Festival- Cherokee Middle/High

December 20 - NW STEM Advisory Council Meeting- Sioux Center

December 5-9 is

Computer Science Week!

On behalf of the Computer Science Education Week Organizing Committee, We invite you to check out all the events and resources here.

Scheduled Events

December 5 - 9:00 to 10:00 AM - Panel for Secondary Students: "What it's like to be a computer scientist". CLICK HERE to register.

10:00 to 10:45 AM - Panel for Non-Traditional Learning Environments (Librarians, After-School Providers, Homeschool, 4-H): "How to include CS in your programming". CLICK HERE to register.

4:00 to 5:00 PM - Panel for Educators: "How to grow CS in your building and/or district". CLICK HERE to register.

December 6

3:30 to 4:15 PM - Panel for School Counselors: "How to impact and support all learners with CS". CLICK HERE to register.

4:30 PM - Panel for Leading School Change: "NOT one more thing! How to build a CS culture, incorporate into core content, support implementing your K-12 CS plan". CLICK HERE to register.

December 7

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Panel for Business and Community Partners: "How to support CS efforts in your community, school district and/or building". CLICK HERE to register.

December 8

6:30 to 7:30 PM - Virtual Family Coding Night: Students and families will engage in unplugged computer science activities.

December 9

12:30 to 1:15 PM - ​Nutcracker Ballet + STEM at Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Dr, Ames, IA 50011  CLICK HERE to access lights and sounds activity.

Small But Mighty!

Future Ready Festival at


Kingsley-Pierson Elementary is Future Ready! On November 23, KP elementary students explored different computer science centers to learn about how to become future ready in their community! They learned about algorithms in line dancing, how the sheriff department uses drones in their jobs, how to use coding in art, and how computer science is used in agriculture! What a great day tor KP kids!

 Explore Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation

The Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation preserves and celebrates the rich aviation and transportation history of the tri-state region. The museum is a non-profit organization established in 1989 and in its current location since 2009.  Visitors can explore a wide variety of displays and exhibits of full-size aircraft and surface transportation from vintage automobiles to a Vietnam Huey helicopter. The museum also is home to the most complete exhibit of United Airlines Flight 232, a DC10 that crash landed at the airport in 1989. The most recent project includes renovating a FedEx Boeing 727 into a Learning Center to provide a unique space for STEM education and community activities. 


The air museum is located at the northwest corner of the Sioux Gateway Airport on 15 acres in a 30,000 sq ft building at 2600 Expedition Court, Sioux City.   Contact Larry Finley, Executive Director at, or 712-252-5300 or Tim Seaman at about your interests in working with the museum. The museum website is

CSE Schools & Mentors at ITEC Conference

Your Computer Science is Elementary Mentors and CS is Elementary Schools were in rare form at this year's ITEC Conference on Nov. 7-8! Eight of the fourteen presented at various sessions. We were showing off our new shirts! Remember, to reach out to your Mentors for all your CS planning needs. We will make sure to connect you with your AEA Consultants and provide you with resources to help you develop your plans! MOV-Floyd Valley also presented at the conference on their school's journey.

Computer Science is Elementary Mentorship Project

A new project has been launched, Computer Science is Elementary Mentorship Project. The Computer Science is Elementary (CS is E) Project Schools Mentors will provide guidance and support to other elementary schools across the state that are creating and implementing their Computer Science plans for their district in line with the Department of Education legislative requirements. We hope this mentorship help schools to will meet the Iowa Department of Education legislative requirements with high engagement and fidelity. NW STEM Regional Manager, Mary Trent and NW AEA Consultant, Erin Chute will manage the mentors.

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  • Regional Workforce Development
  • Local Government
  • Economic Development/Chamber of Commerce
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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: