December 2018

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 

LEGO at the Library     Dec 26 5pm-7pm Scott County Library System

Dec 27 10am-12pm Iowa Children's Museum

Dec 28 10am-11am
Davenport Public Library

Jan 8  4:30pm-5:30pm Davenport Pubic Library

Jan 15  3pm-4pm
Davenport Public Library

Jan 26 4:30pm-6pm

Feb 23 10am-1pm
Southeastern Community College, Burlington

4pm-7pm Kirkwood Linn Regional Center
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  
Girls Go STEM! Inspires Iowa's Next Generation of STEMinists

On December 1st, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine hosted girls in grades 6-8 for a morning of interactive sessions that introduced students to fields in health science. Attendees chose from 17 different topics to investigate to fill four 30-minute sessions, with topics ranging from chemistry and microbes to medical imaging and biomedical engineering.

Girls Go STEM! organizers hope attendees " discover the exciting world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as [the girls] engage in fun, hands-on medical simulations and science experiments, and learn how [they] can make a difference in health care careers." An adult must accompany each student and has an agenda of their own, with presentations for parents on encouraging the next generation of young women to reach their potential.

To learn more about STEM events near you, check out our Facebook events page.

Were you at this event? Share your pictures with us using #GirlsGoSTEM!
Exhibitors Wanted: Southeast Iowa and Linn County
STEM Festivals

Attention Iowa educational institutions and local businesses! Would you like to connect with your local community of STEM-lovers? The SE Iowa STEM Hub invites you to display an interactive exhibit for families at the Southeast and Linn County STEM Festivals in February 2019. Your exhibit can demonstrate any science, technology, engineering, or math concept and certainly can be tied to your organization and/or the skills children will need for future careers! To learn more about our festivals and to register your exhibit, visit the links below.
Southeast Iowa STEM Festival
Linn County STEM Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019
10 AM - 1 PM
Southeastern Community College
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
4 PM - 7 PM
Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center
Register To Exhibit Register To Exhibit
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is soon to release the menu for next year's STEM Scale-Up programs. Applications open for these programs on Monday, January 21, 2019 and close March 4, 2019. These programs range from PreK-12 grade formal and informal learning programs illustrating early physics and engineering concepts to computer science to biology and natural science. Selected teacher applicants will be notified of their award beginning in early April. 

Iowa's Scale-Up programs are reinventing the educational experience and introducing students to fields in STEM that have never been taught this way. To learn more about the Scale-Up programs, visit
Externship Program Application Open For
Teachers and Businesses

One of the unique ways the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has advanced Iowans' connection to local businesses is through the Iowa STEM Teacher Externship Program.  Teacher Externships are full-time, six-week temporary summer positions in local businesses and agencies for secondary teachers of science, technology, engineering and/or math.  Teachers earn a stipend of up to $4,800 (including two days of professional development), as well as one graduate credit through the University of Northern Iowa's Continuing Education program.  If your business is interested in hosting teacher extern(s) this summer, please fill out the interest form linked below.

Check out the video below to see how teachers and businesses have been positively impacted by externships. For more information, visit

Real World Externships for Iowa STEM Teachers
Real World Externships for Iowa STEM Teachers

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