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STEM Scale-Up Programs Ready for Statewide Distribution PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:47

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

For more information about the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council go to

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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

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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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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Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities introduces iPad and eTextbooks to its students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Dobbins   
Friday, 17 August 2012 13:59
(Bettendorf, IA ---- August 16, 2012)   Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities will introduce iPad and eTextbooks to its students during the school's class start on September 4, 2012. The college is now converting to 100 percent electronic textbooks (eTextbooks), and iPad is the vehicle for delivering that technology.

"At Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities, we believe that we have a responsibility to help prepare our students for this ever-changing digital world," says Taylor Bracey, President of Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities. "iPad will be the key digital tool in the growth and development of our students. This tool will also give our students comprehensive access to their instructors, expanded academic material and resources while enabling them to network with fellow students to enhance their educational experience."

With iPad, students will be able to:
•       develop their acumen for working with technology
•       access their eTextbooks and electronic resources for study and research
•       carry multiple books on one device
•       access the student portal to see schedules, grades, student email, student accounts and transcripts
•       communicate easily with instructors and other students using email, iMessage, and FaceTime

With iPad, instructors will be able to:
•       provide students with electronic handouts, presentations, and notes instead of printing or photocopying paper materials
•       access specific programmatic apps that may be utilized in the classroom
•       provide the students with greater flexibility in accessing their course work from anywhere

Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities is also providing an enhanced eTextbook experience by combining eTextbooks with the popular iPad. iPad paired with eTextbooks will provide students with mobility, be more environmentally friendly, consumes no ink compared to printed textbooks, and will have social features that can't be accomplished with a traditional physical textbook.  Also, there are no books to buy because all electronic resources are included with tuition.

Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities is located at 2119 E. Kimberly Road in Bettendorf, Iowa. For additional information about the college, call 563-344-1500 or visit

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Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities is one of over 25 school locations of the Brown Mackie College system of schools (, which is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for entry-level positions or to enhance their current professions in a competitive, rapidly-changing workplace. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

College Bound Children Share Career Ambitions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:28

DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced today that 95% of the children that participated in College Savings Iowa's annual State Fair survey show getting a college education is a necessary step to achieving their dreams and career aspirations. "Iowa children are already thinking about their futures," stated Fitzgerald. "This survey demonstrates how important it is for families to start planning and saving early to help make college a reality for their children."

"Every year we ask children visiting the fair what they want to be when they grow up and if they will need to go to college to achieve these goals," Fitzgerald said. "Needless to say, we are always amazed by the responses they offer." Fifteen percent are planning on becoming veterinarians, with another 13% hoping to become teachers. Doctor came in third this year with 7% of the responses, and police officer ranked fourth with 5%. "According to one child, it will cost him $5 to go to college to become Batman."

"Families that save and invest for their children's college education will be better prepared to meet the challenge of paying for it when the time arrives, and College Savings Iowa is here to help," added Fitzgerald. Anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. This year Iowa taxpayers can deduct up to $2,975 in contributions per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income.* Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. To learn more about College Savings Iowa, visit or call 1-888-672-9116.

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.




Local Students to Attend Creighton University in the Fall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deborah Daley   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:17

OMAHA, NE (08/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Local students will be attending Creighton University along with almost 1,000 other freshmen this fall. They will be part of a freshman class that is academically strong, diverse and engaged in community and service activities.

The academic profile of the 2012 freshman class places Creighton among the top six private universities in the Midwest with more than 4,000 undergraduates. Move-in for freshmen is Saturday, Aug. 18, and marks the beginning of a weeklong schedule of activities for the new students.

Michael Holdsworth of Sherrard, Ill., a Sherrard High School graduate entering the College of Arts & Sciences

Katherine Huiskamp of Davenport, Iowa, a Davenport Assumption Catholic High School graduate entering the College of Business

Christina Laubenthal of Davenport, Iowa, a Davenport Assumption Catholic High School graduate entering the College of Business

Ellie Simpson of Davenport, Iowa, a Davenport Assumption Catholic High School graduate entering the School of Nursing

Andrew Wilson of Eldridge, Iowa, a North Scott High School graduate entering the College of Arts & Sciences

About Creighton University: Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,200 undergraduate and 3,500 professional school and graduate students. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment coupled with personal attention from faculty-mentors.With nine colleges and schools on the same campus, Creighton affords incomparable interdisciplinary learning and unique opportunities for collaborative research among arts and sciences, business, health sciences and law. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern regional university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at:

Orion Community School District Receives Significant Gift from Local Entrepreneur PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:26
BETTENDORF, Iowa – The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and Orion High School invite you to join us for a school-wide assembly at the Orion High School (OHS) gymnasium on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2:45pm. OHS principal, Nathan DeBaillie, will announce the charitable gift at this time. He will also be available to talk with media about this wonderful opportunity for college and trade-school bound students.

A full press release will be available following the assembly.

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