January 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

Bettendorf STEM Expo Jan 26 11am - 2pm Bettendorf Middle School

Jan 26 4:30pm-6pm

Jan 28 3:30pm - 5pm Marion Public Library

Forum: Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell Jan 29 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Coe College

McKinley STEAM Festival Feb 11
5pm - 7pm CR McKinley Middle School

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 http://se.iowastem.org.  
2019-2020 Scale-Up Program Application Open Now

Since 2011, the Iowa STEM Council has vetted high quality STEM programs available to Iowa educators in formal and informal education settings. The 2019-20 Scale-Up Program application is now open through March 4, 2019. The Scale-Up program menu ranges from coding programs to hands-on biotechnology and agriculture projects to STEM career exploration. All programs provided by the STEM Council have a proven track record of increasing student interest and achievement in STEM as well as meeting state academic standards for all learners.
Available programs for the 2019-20 school year:
What will I receive?
All programs provide professional development and materials needed to implement the course.  Some programs also provide participation stipends and graduate or continuing education credit.
Who can apply?
Educators from in-school and out-of-school settings are encouraged to apply.  
Can multiple educators be listed in an application?
Yes. For example, if three fourth grade teachers from the same building are interested in applying for a program, all of the educators can be listed within one application.
I would like to apply, but we have not hired the educator who would teach the program.
No worries. The application allows you to put a "placeholder" in your application. Before implementing the program, however, the placeholder will need to be replaced with an actual teacher.
Can I apply for multiple school buildings in one application?
For districts interested in applying for multiple buildings, each building will need to have its own application but within the application portal, applications can be copied to make the process of applying for buildings across a district easier.  
I nterested in learning more?  Educators or organizations can request an in-person presentation by completing the following form:  https://goo.gl/forms/HGeCtM15LFxnwiHm2

2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Recipient Honored

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries have announced the recipients of the 2019 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award sponsored by Kemin Industries.

The Southeast STEM region's honoree is Jacob Hunter, the agricultural science teacher at North Scott High School. Mr. Hunter has only been teaching agricultural science at North Scott for two years, but he experienced a 446 percent first-time enrollee increase between his first and second years of teaching. He worked with local agronomists, equipment dealers and grain marketers on the school's student-run 60-acre test plot, where students are also beginning to test drone technology and GID mapping trials. Mr. Hunter created an "early bird" club for experiential learning before school where ten students worked with a local professional to restore a tractor. Because of the work Jacob did with the North Scott school board, administration, local community members and neighboring school districts, the North Scott District will be establishing an Ag Science and Technology Innovation Center for the Quad Cities metro in the near future.

Mr. Hunter takes his professional development and continued education very seriously, and it shows. He has been certified in four courses in the Curriculum for Ag Science Education (CASE) and has completed all three modules for Next Generation Science Standards through Mississippi Bend AEA. Mr. Hunter serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force organized by the National Association of Ag Educators, is a member of the Iowa FFA Association board of directors, co-chairs the Ag Issues FFA CDE and is an active member and mentor in the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators. He was one fo three teachers chosen nationally to speak at National Teach Ag Day in the fall of 2018, which was live streamed to schools and businesses across the nation.

While Mr. Hunter is helping develop a five-year strategic plan for the agricultural education program of North Scott and has a personal goal to become an affiliated FFA chapter within the next two years, he also works to make ag education interdisciplinary at North Scott. He has partnered with the sociology and English departments to create a competency-based course while applying principles of ag science, and he's worked with the science department to create a biology course focused on agriculture and food. Prior to teaching at North Scott, Mr. Hunter served as the Director of Iowa Education Programs for the World Food Prize Foundation from 2014-2016. He let the Iowa Youth Institute and has taken the knowledge he gained in this position, as well as working on his family farm, into his classroom.

This award recognizes and celebrates one teacher from each of the six STEM regions who goes above and beyond to increase their student's interest in STEM. Each recipient is recognized for their dedication in representing I.O.W.A.; by being Innovative in their methods, Outstanding in their passion for education, Worldly in the way they help students see that STEM is all around them, and Academic through engaging students in the classroom to prepare them for higher education and high-demand careers. Each recipient was selected by a panel of judges after being nominated for the award by a colleague, school administrator, parent, student or community member and completing an application showcasing their contributions to STEM education. Each recipient will receive $1,500 for personal use and another $1,500 for their classroom.  Hunter and the other five recipients have each been honored with ceremonies in their classrooms with their students and peers and will also be recognized together at STEM Day at the Capitol, with Gov. and STEM Council Co-Chair Kim Reynolds and a representative from  Kemin Industries the morning of Wednesday, February 13th.

For more information about the award and all current and previous recipients, please visit www.stemaward.fluidreview.com.

Computer Science is Elementary  Application Open Now

As the twenty-first century progresses, experience and knowledge of software is becoming more and more critical for those entering the workforce. The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council recognizes computer science education as an important focus in preparing the next generation of programmers and engineers. With that focus in mind, the Council is now accepting applications for its special project, Computer Science is Elementary in partnership with Collins Aerospace, MidAmerican Energy, Microsoft, Google and more.

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council will award $50,000 six high-need schools, one from each of its regions. For a school to be considered, at least 40 percent of its students must be eligible for free and reduced price lunch.  The six Computer Science is Elementary Schools, plus Loess Hills Computer Programming School, also will serve as a statewide resource for Iowa educators by sharing their curriculum and community engagement strategies.

  • January 22, 2019: RFP opens
  • March 29, 2019: RFP closes
  • Summer 2019: Selected schools announced
  • Summer 2019: Initial planning meeting for selected schools
  • Summer 2019 - Summer 2020: Planning and/or implementation year
  • Summer 2020: Progress report
  • June 30, 2021: Final date for use of funding
To learn more about CS is Elementary and apply, visit  https://iowastem.gov/cselementary.

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
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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