November 2018

Kristine Bullock
SE Hub Manager

STEM Family Free Night Last Friday of the month 5:00-8:00 Iowa Children's Museum

Saturdays 2:00-4:00  Iowa City Public Library
Nov 27 4:30-5:30
Davenport Public Library

CoderDoJo Dec 1 1:00-3:00 Cedar Rapids

Girls Go STEM! Dec 1 8:15-11:30 University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Dec 4 6:00-7:00
Seamans Center,
Iowa City

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Nov 27 Linn-Mar HS, Marion

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet
Nov 29 Clear Creek Amana MS, Tiffin

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet
Nov 30 Durant HS

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet
Dec 7 McKinley MS, Cedar Rapids

FIRST LEGO League Qualifier
Dec 8 Excelsior MS, Marion

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo Dec 8 Excelsior MS, Marion

FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Dec 8 Putnam Museum, Davenport

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo Dec 8 Putnam Museum, Davenport

FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Dec 9 Putnam Museum, Davenport

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo Dec 9 Putnam Museum, Davenport

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 10 Cedar Rapids Public Library

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 14 North Linn HS, Troy Mills

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 14 Kirkwood Regional Center, Coralville

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 15 Highland HS, Riverside

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 15 Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 15 Kirkwood Regional Center, Coralville

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 18 Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids

FIRST Tech Challenge Meet Dec 19 Central Lee HS, Donnellson
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 
Computer Science is Elementary Application Details Available

Application details are now available for Computer Science is Elementary. The project will transform six high-poverty elementary schools across Iowa into models of innovative computer science instruction by the 2020-2021 school year. A growing number of jobs require computer science skills. This program will help prepare students for success in computer science and future careers opportunities.
School districts and non-public school systems with an elementary building of at least 40 percent of students eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch are eligible to apply. Six awardees will be selected to receive a $50,000 planning award through a competitive award application process. One Computer Science is Elementary School will be located in each of the six regions established by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.

Students learn computational thinking and other skills from Loess Hills Computer Programming School in Sioux City, which is in the inspiration for the Computer Science is Elementary project.

The application period will open in January 2019 and awards will be announced in the summer of 2019. The 2019-2020 school year will be used as a planning year for schools to weave computational thinking and other elements of computer science into their broader curriculum. After the Computer Science is Elementary Schools launch in August 2020, the schools will serve as a statewide resource for Iowa educators by sharing their curriculum and community engagement strategies.
The application template and additional information about the Computer Science is Elementary project can be found at
STEM Best Grants Awarded to Iowa High Schools

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has awarded 13 new STEM BEST ( Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers ) projects across Iowa for a total of 50 since 2014. The STEM BEST Program fosters a learning environment where students are able to participate in real workplace projects designed by business professionals and teachers and apply K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics to skills, knowledge and behaviors needed for STEM careers.

"STEM BEST opens the door to outstanding STEM careers that can transform lives, communities and our state's economy," Gov. Kim Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair, said. "I appreciate the collaboration by educators and employers that makes this extraordinary public-private partnership successful. It's in keeping with the Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of our workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025."

The STEM Council Executive Committee voted unanimously to award 13 of 23 proposed new or expanded partnerships up to $25,000 each. Employer partners contribute a dollar-for-dollar match or, in some instances, well beyond a 50 percent cost-sharing commitment. Awards are used for equipping collaborative workspaces, educator training and development in workplace-classroom integration and curriculum development and coordination. The 2018 STEM BEST Program awardees from the Southeast Region are:
Diane Berner, Barb Edler, and Natalie Ulloa completed Keokuk's application. Anna Westermeyer will manage the schedule for visiting partners and events.

  • Belle Plaine Community School District
  • Keokuk Community School District

Keokuk Extended Learning Instructor Barb Edler discussed the impact STEM BEST will have on her students, "Business partners will share their expertise to improve students' soft skills. They will also share their personal stories about their own career paths and the training they received. They will gain more confidence with their ability to present information and will learn first hand the expectations of the workforce. Students should be a step ahead when applying for jobs and preparing resumes as they gain a broader and deeper understanding of the soft skills required to acquire future job openings."

Frank Jowitt is a Project Lead the Way and STEM instructor at Belle Plaine High, where he intends on implementing a two-stage approach to developing students' STEM and entrepreneurial skills. " For the initial stage, all students will have the opportunity to create tangible projects and artifacts via the technology within our new STEM Lab. To enhance this overall effort, projects could be fully realized using a laser engraver with any number of suitable materials, created using graphic and solid modeling software, constructed on a 3D printer, or perhaps copied, modified, and then re-created using a 3D scanner," he says. Jowitt describes stage two as "a more in-depth after-school activity would initiate a non-profit manufacturing and production center focusing primarily upon district and local business & industry needs within our regional community."

To learn more about the STEM BEST Program and all 50 partners, visit .
Computer Science Education Week December 3 - 9

December 3-9 is National Computer Science Education Week and educators from across the country will engage their students and local community members in an Hour of Code to help demystify coding and show that anyone can learn the basics.   The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science with the goal of broadening participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. 

In an effort to support the growth of computer science literate students in Iowa, the Southeast STEM region is partnering with school districts, libraries, and after school clubs to provide resources and manpower to this effort.  A list of registered Hour of Code events in Iowa can be found here.

Here are some of our favorite lessons for various grades:
Staff from the Southeast STEM Hub will also be available on a first come, first served basis for the following supports:
Do you already have a great event planned?  We'd love to hear about or come visit!   Contact Kristine Bullock ( for more information about the above resources or to visit your classroom.

Iowa Tech Chicks host Girls Tech Career Day November 16 at MERGE in Iowa City.  
Ramps and Pathways Scale-Up Program Inspires
Innovation in Iowa Preschools

All ten of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council's Scale-Up programs this school year focus on students getting hands-on experience and using STEM-based critical thinking skills. Scale-Up preschool students are no exception. Ramps and Pathways is open to Pre-K through 2nd grade students and challenges them to experiment with marble runs.

Through the creation process, R&P students are introduced to problem-solving skills used by engineers in the workplace. 26 instructors from 16 schools were awarded training to implement the program in Southeast Iowa. Amber Foster, a preschool teacher at Frog Hollow Kid Campus completed her R&P training in November. "By using their creativity and thought process when making the ramps, this program helps them think in ways that they don't always get to think during preschool," she says.

Enhancing Iowa's growth as a STEM leader means that it's never too early to develop key critical thinking skills in our youth. Scale-Up programs such as Ramps and Pathways are designed to train young minds to see physics and engineering concepts in action before they even recognize them as such. "It's important for kids to be able to problem solve as they grow up because it helps them find solutions when they're older and don't have as much help from teachers, Foster says.

Shelly Bromwich is a Ramps and Pathways coordinator from the University of Northern Iowa and trains new instructors in the program. "Our belief that young children are natural scientists can be observed in early childhood classrooms every day! High quality materials that are open-ended and student-selected provide young children with the opportunity to develop scientific habits of mind, Bromwich says.

To learn more about Ramps and Pathways and more STEM Scale-Up programs offered, visit

Ramps and Pathways
Video Courtesy of Beth Vanmeeteren
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