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FREE Top Teacher Seminar: RSVP for the Workshop! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:19

Saturday, Oct. 18th, 2014; 9:30-3:00

Certification from WIU

Presented by the Goethe Institute and

Hosted by the German American Heritage Center

The German American Heritage Center is proud to bring an outstanding professional development workshop to regional teachers. If you are a teacher in the field of social studies, history, sociology, environmental studies, pre-engineering, sports or German language then this workshop is for you.

A certificate for 6 hours of attendance credit is available from Western Illinois University for this event. Participation is free to all attending teachers. The presenter and materials are furnished to us by the Goethe Institute, which is funded as a cultural arm of the German government and we can assure you of their high quality. A similar workshop was held in 2012 with outstanding results.

The workshop will include information on how you may qualify for a free, all-expense study trip to Germany. A 2012 recipient of this award came from the North Scott School District, and it would be exciting to see another area educator take part in the next round!

Snacks and Lunch Provided

Questions?   Contact Janet Brown-Lowe, Executive Director (563) 322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Join us STEM Teachers/Educators Night Out Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Barnes   
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:14

This free event will include free pop/pizza provided by QCESC, a review of major STEM events calendar, an overview of host school's STEM program, and input from other schools attending the meeting. This is a great networking opportunity for sharing STEM successes and learning.

STEM Teachers/Educators Night Out Event
Oct. 1st - 6:00 - 8:10 PM at Western Illinois University,
3300 River Drive, Moline, Illinois

To attend this free event, the only requirement is that you need to pre-register which only takes a minute using the On-line Google Form. This helps insure we have adequate food and space.

Details and Full Agenda can be found at:
http://www.qcesc.org/qcesc_teachers.html#STEM_Teachers_Night_Out

Please forward to other STEM Educators who would be interested in attending!

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Also, consider supporting the QCESC STEM Trivia Night - Oct 4, 2014
The non-profit Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual QCESC STEM Trivia Night,
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Putnam Museum.

All proceeds will go to the QCESC to support scholarships and student outreach in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Trivia will consist of 10 rounds of 10 general knowledge questions. 
You DON'T have to be a genius to play and have fun!

PRE-REGISTER a Team Today! | View Details and Flyer Here

If you have questions regarding the event or with pre-registering contact Chris at 563-505-6703 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Braley Continues Push for School Bus Safety, Urges House Leadership to Hold Hearings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Friday, 26 September 2014 09:34

Congressman: This problem deserves additional attention

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today wrote the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Nick Rahall to urge the Committee to hold hearings on school bus safety before the session ends this year.

“Simply put, there are too many accidents killing children in and around school buses every year,” Braley said. “There are things we can do to make our children safer, and I urge the Committee to take up this important matter before one more child is involved in a preventable accident.”

An average of 6 children are killed in school bus related accidents each year while an average of 12 children are killed each year in pedestrian deaths outside of the school bus.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 19 school-age children die each year due to school transportation accidents. Given these statistics, it’s evident that more attention should be given to addressing school bus safety,” Braley’s letter reads.

Earlier this year, Braley introduced the most comprehensive overhaul of school bus safety in 15 years. Braley’s School Bus Safety Act is a five-pronged approach that would protect students both in and around school buses.

•         Title I: “Kadyn’s Act”—named after Northwood student Kadyn Halverson, requires states to enact tough penalties for drivers who pass stopped schools buses. Kadyn’s parents helped enact this portion of the law in Iowa, but in many other states, this activity, which puts children’s lives in danger, is punishable by fines as low as 30 dollars.

•         Title II creates grants for Motion Activated Detection Systems on the exterior of buses—these systems alert a driver when a moving target is detected within the danger zones near the front, rear and sides of the bus.

•         Title III requires background checks on school bus drivers. In 2012, Iowa enacted such a law, but some states are still operating without this requirement.

•         Title IV is a School Bus Seat Belt Demonstration Program. The Department of Transportation would create a Demonstration Program which would allow states to apply for funding to purchase new school buses with seat belts or to equip current ones with seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that deaths from frontal crashes could be significantly reduced with mandatory seatbelt use.

•         The last portion of the legislation would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to assess using technology to get drivers to stop for school buses. For example, studying how a particular lighting system might help prevent motorists from illegally passing stopped buses. This could also help with the situation that led to Kadyn Halverson’s tragedy – utilizing technology that can get people to slow down and stop, in addition to increased penalties.

Braley’s letter can be found online HERE.

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Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announces Statewide STEM Female Mentoring Effort PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:42

Iowa viewed as national model for other states to follow

(DES MOINES) – Today, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was joined by STEMconnector CEO Edie Fraser, Drake University Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, Iowa Association of Business and Industry President Mike Ralston, and Jana Rieker, Bankers Trust Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at a news conference in the Iowa Statehouse Rotunda.

Reynolds announced a national public-private model on ways to engage thousands of mentors for young girls and women to actively pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers.

The first statewide model of its kind, Million Women Mentors (MWM)-Iowa, targets 5,000 female and male mentors from all 99 counties in the next four years.

“Launching MWM-Iowa is another component of our statewide-strategy to attract individuals to STEM careers. In particular, I believe mentors can guide, encourage, and open doors for girls and young women to be fully equipped for the great jobs of tomorrow in STEM-related careers.”

In the United States, STEM is a driving force behind economic growth, stability and educational success.  That’s why, we’re creating an environment in Iowa that prepares all of our students with the necessary skills to compete in a global knowledge-based economy,” stated Reynolds.

Additional announcements made by Lt. Governor Reynolds at the news conference included: naming Ralston and Rieker as MWM-Iowa co-chairs.  She also recognized 12 other individuals as members of the MWM-Iowa Executive Council. 

Rieker emphasized the quality opportunities that await Iowa girls and young women in STEM fields.  “In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM jobs.  Also, women with STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than females in non-STEM jobs.

“We know 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend upon mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills.  Being able to secure 5,000 female and male mentors in Iowa to urge young girls and women to consider STEM fields is a huge step forward in increasing awareness and generating excitement,” said Rieker

Co-Chair Mike Ralston agreed. “It’s a tribute to Iowa on how many major companies stepped up to pledge mentors in the past 30 days.  We have 13 companies that pledged more than 1,200 mentors together, so we’re already well on our way toward our goal of 5,000.”

The following companies have made a pledge to MWM-Iowa:  Leading the charge is Hy-Vee with a commitment of 500 employees, as well as commitments from Bankers Trust; EMC; Iowa Association of Business and Industry; Meredith Corporation; Principal Corporation; Pella Corporation; Vermeer Manufacturing; and a tremendous commitment from Iowa’s colleges and universities including, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University, Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa,” concluded Ralston.

STEMconnector CEO Edie Fraser, who spearheads the national MWM effort in collaboration with more than 22 sponsors and 56 partners, pointed out that Iowa has been at the forefront of increasing awareness and accessibility of STEM.

“We were extremely pleased to receive Iowa’s pledge of 5,000 mentors for the MWM national initiative. The MWM-Iowa model will be a great example for other states to emulate in attracting male and female STEM mentors,” said Fraser.

In addition to announcing the MWM-Iowa effort, MWM-Iowa Co-Chairs and Executive Council members, the inaugural “Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge” for women was unveiled.  The Challenge is designed for basketball coaches across Iowa to collaborate in recruiting mentors for females interested in STEM.  Coaches will reach out to their university, college, or high school campus networks, including their fan base and media in their local communities.

Hatfield-Clubb enthusiastically shared that Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa will be joining Drake University in the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge for women.  In addition, Drake University has pledged 100 mentors to the MWM-Iowa initiative over the next four years.

“Today, I am pleased to share that the first-ever Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge for women in Iowa is being launched to recruit mentors for girls and women interested in STEM.  Drake University Women’s Basketball Coach Jennie Baranczyk has been named as the official spokesperson of the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge” said Hatfield-Clubb.

She went on to say, “Coach Baranczyk will make a personal invitation to all university, college, and high school coaches across the state to join her and her colleagues in this important state-wide initiative.”

The effort officially “tips off” with the start of the NCAA Division I women’s basketball season in November.

For more information about the MWM-Iowa effort, MWM-Iowa Executive Council members, MWM-Iowa company and/or organization mentor pledges or the inaugural female Coaches Challenge, please visit www.mwmia.org.

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About Million Women Mentors (MWM)-Iowa. Million Women Mentors (MWM-IA) brings together leaders in business, government, and education to engage girls and young women to understand, develop interest and gain confidence so they can pursue and succeed in STEM courses, degrees, and careers.  Created as part of the national Million Women Mentors movement in 2014, the MWM-Iowa initiative seeks to register 5,000 women (and men) in all 99 counties by 2018 to serve as mentors to achieve these three goals:  Increase the percentage of high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers; increase the percentage of young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields; and increase the percentage of women staying in STEM careers.

About Million Women Mentors (National). MWM is an engagement campaign and national call to action that mobilizes corporations, government entities, non-profit and higher education groups, around the imperative of mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields. Since MWM’s launch in January 2014, nearly 171,400 pledges have been made to mentor girls and young women in STEM skills.  The web portal is www.millionwomenmentors.org.  Available online is a nationwide call to action to capture pledge commitments from individuals, organizations and companies that have an interest in mentoring.

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Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announces Statewide STEM Female Mentoring Effort PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Education & Schools
Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:42

Iowa viewed as national model for other states to follow

(DES MOINES) – Today, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was joined by STEMconnector CEO Edie Fraser, Drake University Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, Iowa Association of Business and Industry President Mike Ralston, and Jana Rieker, Bankers Trust Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at a news conference in the Iowa Statehouse Rotunda.

Reynolds announced a national public-private model on ways to engage thousands of mentors for young girls and women to actively pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers.

The first statewide model of its kind, Million Women Mentors (MWM)-Iowa, targets 5,000 female and male mentors from all 99 counties in the next four years.

“Launching MWM-Iowa is another component of our statewide-strategy to attract individuals to STEM careers. In particular, I believe mentors can guide, encourage, and open doors for girls and young women to be fully equipped for the great jobs of tomorrow in STEM-related careers.”

In the United States, STEM is a driving force behind economic growth, stability and educational success.  That’s why, we’re creating an environment in Iowa that prepares all of our students with the necessary skills to compete in a global knowledge-based economy,” stated Reynolds.

Additional announcements made by Lt. Governor Reynolds at the news conference included: naming Ralston and Rieker as MWM-Iowa co-chairs.  She also recognized 12 other individuals as members of the MWM-Iowa Executive Council. 

Rieker emphasized the quality opportunities that await Iowa girls and young women in STEM fields.  “In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM jobs.  Also, women with STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than females in non-STEM jobs.

“We know 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend upon mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills.  Being able to secure 5,000 female and male mentors in Iowa to urge young girls and women to consider STEM fields is a huge step forward in increasing awareness and generating excitement,” said Rieker

Co-Chair Mike Ralston agreed. “It’s a tribute to Iowa on how many major companies stepped up to pledge mentors in the past 30 days.  We have 13 companies that pledged more than 1,200 mentors together, so we’re already well on our way toward our goal of 5,000.”

The following companies have made a pledge to MWM-Iowa:  Leading the charge is Hy-Vee with a commitment of 500 employees, as well as commitments from Bankers Trust; EMC; Iowa Association of Business and Industry; Meredith Corporation; Principal Corporation; Pella Corporation; Vermeer Manufacturing; and a tremendous commitment from Iowa’s colleges and universities including, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University, Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa,” concluded Ralston.

STEMconnector CEO Edie Fraser, who spearheads the national MWM effort in collaboration with more than 22 sponsors and 56 partners, pointed out that Iowa has been at the forefront of increasing awareness and accessibility of STEM.

“We were extremely pleased to receive Iowa’s pledge of 5,000 mentors for the MWM national initiative. The MWM-Iowa model will be a great example for other states to emulate in attracting male and female STEM mentors,” said Fraser.

In addition to announcing the MWM-Iowa effort, MWM-Iowa Co-Chairs and Executive Council members, the inaugural “Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge” for women was unveiled.  The Challenge is designed for basketball coaches across Iowa to collaborate in recruiting mentors for females interested in STEM.  Coaches will reach out to their university, college, or high school campus networks, including their fan base and media in their local communities.

Hatfield-Clubb enthusiastically shared that Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa will be joining Drake University in the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge for women.  In addition, Drake University has pledged 100 mentors to the MWM-Iowa initiative over the next four years.

“Today, I am pleased to share that the first-ever Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge for women in Iowa is being launched to recruit mentors for girls and women interested in STEM.  Drake University Women’s Basketball Coach Jennie Baranczyk has been named as the official spokesperson of the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge” said Hatfield-Clubb.

She went on to say, “Coach Baranczyk will make a personal invitation to all university, college, and high school coaches across the state to join her and her colleagues in this important state-wide initiative.”

The effort officially “tips off” with the start of the NCAA Division I women’s basketball season in November.

For more information about the MWM-Iowa effort, MWM-Iowa Executive Council members, MWM-Iowa company and/or organization mentor pledges or the inaugural female Coaches Challenge, please visit www.mwmia.org.

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About Million Women Mentors (MWM)-Iowa. Million Women Mentors (MWM-IA) brings together leaders in business, government, and education to engage girls and young women to understand, develop interest and gain confidence so they can pursue and succeed in STEM courses, degrees, and careers.  Created as part of the national Million Women Mentors movement in 2014, the MWM-Iowa initiative seeks to register 5,000 women (and men) in all 99 counties by 2018 to serve as mentors to achieve these three goals:  Increase the percentage of high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers; increase the percentage of young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields; and increase the percentage of women staying in STEM careers.

About Million Women Mentors (National). MWM is an engagement campaign and national call to action that mobilizes corporations, government entities, non-profit and higher education groups, around the imperative of mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields. Since MWM’s launch in January 2014, nearly 171,400 pledges have been made to mentor girls and young women in STEM skills.  The web portal is www.millionwomenmentors.org.  Available online is a nationwide call to action to capture pledge commitments from individuals, organizations and companies that have an interest in mentoring.

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