May 2019

Kristine Bullock
SE Hub Manager

STEM Family Free Night Last Friday of the month 5pm-8pm Iowa Children's Museum

Saturdays 2pm-4pm  Iowa City Public Library

Thursdays 4pm-5pm Keokuk Public Library 

Little Makers at Eastern Wednesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Davenport Public Library

Tuesdays  4:30pm-5:30pm Davenport Pubic Library

LEGO Time Thursdays 4:00 -5:00 Fairfield Public Library

Spaceship Challenge Week of June 3 (see schedule) Scott County Library - Buffalo Branch

Star Lab Jun 7 2:00 pm Tipton Public Library

Pint Size Science Jun 8 & July 13 10:00 am Scott County Library - Eldridge Branch

Day Camp "Kitchen Science: Fizz, Food & Fun!" Jun 10 9 am - 3 pm Wakoma Park

Bioventures Center

Hawkeyes in Space Jun 12 1 - 2 pm Coralville Public Library

Blast Off! Jun 13 10 - 10:45 am Tipton Public Library

NASA Week Week of June 13 (see event for times) Scott County Library - Blue Grass Branch

Stars, Stories & More Jun 14 1:00, 1:45 & 2:30 pm Tipton Public Library

Jun 18 9 am - 3 pm
Thomas Park

Rockets Unlimited Jun 20 2 pm - 3 pm Coralville Public Library

Insect Zoo Jun 21 2 pm - 3 pm Tipton Public Library

Big Bang Bubble Jun 25 10:30 am Coralville Public Library

Jul 15 9 am - 9 am
Wickiup HIll Learning Center

Jul 23 10 am - 7 pm Johnson Co. Fairgrounds
Submit Your STEM Event HERE
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is a bipartisan collaboration of legislators, educators, businesses, students and families to increase STEM awareness and opportunities in Iowa.  To learn more about STEM programming going on in Southeast Iowa, visit us at  
The Time is Now to Develop School- Business Partnerships
STEM BEST Grant Application Open 

In 2014, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council launched the first $25,000 STEM BEST grant application to help public and private schools develop authentic school-business partnerships to bridge the gap between school and career.  The  STEM Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the STEM BEST ® Program thru September 13, 2019.  A total of 50 STEM BEST® Programs have been awarded throughout Iowa over the past five years. These programs are now creating new excitement around the state as roles and responsibilities for meaningful activities are created and refined in the K-12 educational area. Models feature public-private partnerships between schools and local businesses and are cost-shared enterprises that match the STEM Council's investment with local dollars. Further details on these awarded programs can be found at .
The goal of STEM BEST® Program is to unite educators and employers to expand the learning continuum from school to careers. The STEM Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to support the establishment of Iowa STEM BEST® Program models, preferably evenly distributed across each of Iowa's six STEM regions. Successful applicants will become an Iowa STEM BEST® Program model of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.
A hallmark of Iowa STEM education is the connection of classroom learning to meaning beyond the school walls. Overarching guidelines are provided to assist proposers, though ample flexibility in design is encouraged to support organic development of STEM BEST® Programs which match local strengths, challenges and resources. STEM BEST® Program models are open to public and private K-12 schools. Past STEM BEST® Program award recipients are eligible to apply for expanding current programs.
The Request For Proposals (RFP) is posted at www.IowaSTEM.govTo learn more about the program or to brainstorm how your school can create a successful STEM BEST program, email Kristine Bullock at

Frequently asked questions:

1.  I am a business looking to partner with a local school district.  Can I apply?
Businesses and community organizations are encouraged to apply in partnership with public or private K-12 schools by submitting letters of commitment as part of the application.  However, the applying entity must be the school or district.

2. How are applications submitted?
The STEM Council uses an online application system to handle all aspects of the application process.  Applicants will need to create an account using the link at the bottom of this page:  Once the application is submitted, community partners will receive an email asking them to outline their connection to the partnership.  Partners who do not complete this portion of the application process will not be included in the application review.

3.  I am looking to partner with another school or district.  Can we apply together?
Yes, schools or districts are encouraged to apply together to maximize community resources.  The application process will allow the applicant to add multiple school buildings or districts.  The lead school or district will serve as the financial entity and will be responsible for the required progress reports.

Highlights From the 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit 

On April 30th, Gov. Kim Reynolds hosted the 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit to encourage the advancement of Iowa's industry workplaces to connect with our state's up-and-coming workforce. Featuring presentations and panelists of education, business and community leaders, as well as a keynote by Iowan astronaut Peggy Whitson, the sold out event was a great success.

Our very own Southeast Iowa STEM Advisory Board member Dana Millard showcased Grow Lee, with a theme of "Bringing Together a Divided Community through Workforce." Ms. Millard, Economic Development Project Director with Lee County EDG, presented a plan to bring together a pipeline of talent with industries that have an increasing number of unfilled jobs. Grow Lee addresses tackling Lee County's unemployment rate and increasing worker availability.

Advisory Board member and President of QCESC Dan D'Alessandro lead a showcase on promoting STEM related fields in the Quad Cities. QCESC aims to support engineering, science, and technical professionals and encourage students to follow their interests in these career fields with the belief that children who begin to explore STEM opportunities at an early age are more likely to find confidence in those fields.

Finally, Kate Moreland, Advisory Board member and Director of Career Development for ICR Iowa, presented in the "Collaboration is the New Competition" showcase focusing on building community coalitions, common goals, and support for intermediary programs such as Workplace Learning Connection. Ms. Moreland shared her personal experiences in a career developing career-connected learning programs.

To learn more about educational and future-focused events happening near you, visit our Facebook events page.

Computer Science is Elementary Awards Announced

Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced the six schools selected to each receive $50,000 grants through the Computer Science is Elementary project. The Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education are partnering with business and industry on this project to transform six high-poverty elementary schools into models of innovative computer science instruction. The goal is to create opportunities for students and a statewide network of computer science expertise.
The six schools, which Gov. Reynolds named at the 2019 Future Ready Iowa-STEM Summit, are:
* Denison Elementary in the Denison Community School District.
* Lenihan Intermediate in the Marshalltown Community School District.
* Cora B. Darling Elementary in the Postville Community School District.
* East Union Elementary in the East Union Community School District.
* Perry Elementary in the Perry Community School District.

And from the Southeast Iowa Region, we'd like to congratulate Richardson Elementary in the Fort Madison Community School District!

The Computer Science is Elementary Project aligns with Future Ready Iowa, which sets the goal of 70 percent of the workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. The initiative also focuses on strengthening preK-12 education and career exploration and preparation.

Thirty schools applied for the awards, which are possible thanks to generous support from private-sector partners that raised $350,000 total: Collins Aerospace as the lead sponsor, Principal Financial Group, MidAmerican Energy, Kemin Industries, Microsoft, Google, ITC Midwest, Alliant Energy, Technology Association of Iowa, Verizon, Paragon IT, AT&T, School Administrators of Iowa, Workiva, Pella Rolscreen Foundation, Merchant Bonding and Bankers Trust.

"Computer science is a new basic skill that's required for success in a workforce constantly impacted by innovation and technology," said Gov. Reynolds. "With tomorrow's workers sitting in today's classrooms, we must prepare our students to be continuous learners and adaptable for the disruptive economy of the future."

For more information on Computer Science is Elementary and other STEM Council projects, visit .

Two evaluation tasks are expected of all educators under the award agreement for the STEM Scale-Up Program through the Governor's STEM Advisory Council.
1) Educator Survey: The educator survey is to be completed at the end of the STEM Scale-Up Program. An email invitation with link to the educator survey will be sent to you in the Spring. This link is unique to you to help us direct reminder emails and to stop additional reminders once you have completed the survey. To request a link, contact Brandi Geisinger,
2) Student Participant List : The student participant list is to be completed at the end of the STEM Scale-Up Program ( access code is in the Excel Template).
Additional information and detailed instructions can be found in the one-page Overview at the link above.
Questions about the Educators Survey? Please contact Brandi.
For a full overview of evaluation instructions, visit .
Available Resources
A collection of resources for STEM educators, businesses, and community members
Virtual Reality Headsets
6 Virtual Reality 3D headsets are available for checkout.  Students can use the headsets to view STEM career videos, explore the world beyond the classroom and much more.  Educators will need to have access to Apple or Android device to use with the glasses (typically student's personal device).  If interested in checking out the glasses, click here.

Pint Size Science Kit Check-Out
New BeeBot mats have been received and are available for checkout! Four types of kits from the Science Center of Iowa that are designed for 3-5 year old students are currently available for checkout. If interested in checking out a kit or for more information on the kits that are available, click  here.

Renewable Energy Activity Kits
The Southeast STEM Hub is proud to partner with the ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab at Eastern Iowa Community College to offer renewable energy activity kits to educators throughout the southeast region.  Thanks to the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, ATEEC is able to offer a variety of kits that are sure to engage any student.   If interested in checking out a kit or for more information on the available kits, click  here

A World In Motion Activity Kit Check-Out
Three types of kits designed for primary or elementary students are currently available for checkout.  If interested in checking out a kit or for more information on the kits that are available, click  here.  

Materials may be checked out for 6 weeks. They can be picked up and returned at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Boulevard, Coralville, IA 52241 Please replace any consumables you use. 
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Kristine Bullock
SE Iowa STEM Manager