Northwest Iowa STEM Newsletter

January 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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Stay up-to-date on all Northwest STEM regional opportunities and even a few statewide. Use this calendar to share your STEM events with others.

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NW STEM January Events

January 9 2023-24 Scale-Up Portal Opens

January 16 - Sheldon CS PD

January 19 - Denison Elementary Souper STEM Night

January 23 - STEM Scale-Up Workshop at NWAEA

January 24 - Sioux City Chamber Presentation

January 25 - Sibley-Ocheyedan Scale-Up PD

January 26 - NW STEM Advisory Board Meeting - MOC-Floyd Valley

Mark Your Calendars!

2023-24 STEM Scale-Up Menu

Will be Announced on January 9, 2023!

Here are some teasers to get you excited:

  • 13 programs
  • 7 past programs 
  • 6 new programs
  • 5 Computer Science programs
  • 3 PS-2 programs
  • Something Awesome for your makerspace!
  • You can grow and fly, and create reactions!

Application Portal also Opens on January 9, 2023

Stay tuned for more information!!

Sign Up For STEM Scale-Up Application Workshop

Click Here to Register You can Join In person or Virtually

December 5-9

Computer Science Week!

The Computer Science Education Week Organizing Committee hosted events and resources during CS Ed Week in December. Mary Trent, NW STEM Regional Manager and Erin Chute, NWAEA Consultant, hosted the Panel for Educators: "How to grow CS in your building and/or district." Our panelist were CSE Mentors: Joan Gordon, Wendy Bailey, Jen Spooner, Susan Ohlertz, and Jen Conrad. Don't worry if you missed this panel discussion, all recordings and resources can be found here:

Thank you to Denison Elementary and Laurens Marathon for sharing their CS Ed week Pictures with us!

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.

To Request a Visit from a CSE Mentor
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NW Advisory Board Member?

We are actively seeking members who represent:

  • Regional Workforce Development
  • Local Government
  • Economic Development/Chamber of Commerce
Apply 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! 

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: