Are you a public or private school K through 12 teacher, youth organization leader, informal education professional or other organization delivering STEM education programming? Bring one or more of 12 specially selected STEM Scale-Up Programs to your local school, club, informal learning center and/or other educational entity to make a direct impact on children by allowing hands-on experiences with math, science, technology and engineering right in their community.
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Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen today announced the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Scale-Up applications of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council are ready and available for educators, both formal and informal, to apply to bring one or more of these programs operating into a club or classroom this fall.
“This is a great opportunity to bring STEM to areas of the state that may not have had the ability to participate in STEM programming before due to lack of money or lack of staff,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “All Iowa youth should have access to programs like these - FIRST LEGO League, KidWind and others on this list - to spark passion for math and science as well as open their eyes to jobs and career choices in STEM they might not have thought of otherwise.”
The 12 selected STEM Scale-Up Programs will be distributed through Iowa’s STEM Regional Hubs. Scale-Ups were selected based on their demonstrated evidence of improving achievement and inspiring interest among pre-K through 12 learners as well as ease to replicate programming anywhere in the state. Educators will work with STEM regional managers to take these programs to their communities. [The programs are listed at the end of this release]
The application deadline is September 14, 2012. Those educators selected to receive programming will be notified by October 1, 2012 and can implement the programming immediately this fall.
“A top priority of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is to help improve learner interest and achievement in STEM areas, “said Jeff Weld, executive director. “To help meet this goal, these twelve STEM programs were selected through a competitive process to be “scaled-up,” getting great programs into the hands of educators and learners across Iowa.”
The Iowa STEM Network is centered on six STEM regional network hubs, lead by a regional manager. The regional managers are charged with disseminating STEM programming, increasing STEM awareness and building education, business and community partnerships. The creation of the STEM Network and the ability to offer a menu of STEM programs to educators that would immediately impact children across the state are the first major actions of the one-year-old Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is to create greater student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and a stronger STEM workforce.
“A STEM-ready workforce and STEM-savvy citizenry has been and can, again, be Iowa’s brand on the competitive national and international economic landscape,” said Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “We are fortunate to have six unrivaled partners in our STEM Hubs, each ready to roll out the best our state has to offer for the benefit of learners across their region. Iowa is in a very strong place regarding STEM education.”
The Scale Up Programs application, a map of Iowa’s six STEM Regions, contact information for the STEM Regional Managers and a list of the 12 Scale Ups can be found at www.IowaSTEM.gov.
For more information about the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council go to www.IowaSTEM.gov
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ABOUT IMSEP: The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) is the operations arm of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information about IMSEP or the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, go to www.IowaSTEM.gov.
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List of 12 STEM Scale Up Programs
1. A World in Motion (AWIM) - AWIM provides mathematics, science and technology curriculum and professional development to increase student performance, engagement and interest K-12 school students. Website: http://www.awim.org/
2. Fabulous Resources in Energy Education (FREE) - FREE allows anyone willing to educate about energy to borrow materials to teach about energy efficiency, energy basics, solar and wind energy, and hydrogen fuel cells. Website: http://www.uni.edu/free-ceee/
3. FIRST LEGO League - LEGO robotics competition for children creates an environment where young people discover the fun in STEM while building self-confidence, know-how and valuable employment and life skills. Website: http://www.isek.iastate.edu/fll/
4. FIRST Tech Challenge - FTC is a challenging exploration of real‐world problems using robotics and STEM concepts (i.e. computer programming, center of gravity, trigonometry, algorithms, calculus). Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ftciowa/
5. HyperStream - Technology Hub for Iowa's Students - HyperStream is a program that partners education and business, combines acareer awareness initiative with hands-on, real-world tech projects that students choose and develop. HyperStream is very focused on the project-based learning approach that education is prominently promoting moving forward. Website: http://hyperstream.org/
6. iExploreSTEM - iExploreSTEM is a series of coordinated free, hands-on, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) festivals that have the look and feel of a street fair or county fair planned to be held annually throughout the State. With the assistance of the iExploreSTEM team, communities will build local partnerships representing a diversity of stakeholders to produce a local STEM festival scaled to the resources of the community. Website: http://www.iexplorestem.org/
7. KidWind - The KidWind Challenge program in Iowa works with educators using WindWise Education curriculum in PD workshops, engages students in design and creates STEM interest and understanding at challenges or events, and connects teachers and students to careers related to wind power at the events. Website: http://learn.kidwind.org/
8. Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation and Exploration) - Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation, and Exploration) is a STEM-based curricular intervention that integrates academic and vocational opportunities designed to connect minority and low socioeconomic middle school students to the health science professionals early in their education including a curriculum designed for 8th grade science, career or social studies classes, teacher/counselor training, and parent workshops. Website: No website
9. The CASE for Agriculture Education in Iowa - CASE (Curriculum for Agriscience Education) hopes to increase STEM awareness and rigor and relevance of agriculture, food and natural resource subject matter through teacher professional development, student exposure to technology and a curriculum padded with 21st century skills, critical thinking and practice opportunities.
10. State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa - The SSTFI serves as a place where student researchers meet with professional researchers and communicate their findings from their own research or engineering projects and communicate their understanding of the research process. Website: http://www.sciencefairofiowa.org/
11. Partnership for Engineering and Educational Resources for Schools (PEERS) - PEERS, a business-guided program divided into four implementation levels for students (exposure, experience, mentoring, and potential employment), is geared to increase awareness of STEM careers and to increase the number of engineering and technology majors and professionals in the state.
12. Corridor STEM Initiative (CSI) - CSI intends to increase the number of Iowa students that enter and succeed in the Iowa workforce by engaging students in exciting, inquiry-based, hands-on STEM programs that extend the classroom learning experiences.
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