What is STEM?
STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are vital for all people living in today’s technological world. Whether managing the complex STEM-based decisions of daily life or pursuing STEM careers—science, technology, engineering and math are a part of your world!
Science, technology, engineering and math are the springboards to innovative problem-solving and discovery. Iowa is committed to growing the best STEM educational programming for every learner.
Iowa's STEM Initiative
Created in July 2011 by Executive Order 74 (and updated in July 2013), the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a partnership of business, policy and education leaders from across the state convening to bolster STEM education and innovation and better position Iowa's young people and the state's economy for the future. The council is co-chaired by Governor Kim Reynolds and Roger Hargens, president/CEO, of Accumold in Ankeny. The executive director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council is Dr. Jeff Weld. The state office is headquartered at the University of Northern Iowa.
Through a competitive application process, Southwestern Community College was designated as the "hub" of the Southwest Regional STEM Network in 2013, and renewed for three years starting in July 1, 2015. Each region is charged with promoting and implementing quality STEM programming throughout the state. View map of regional hubs.
The SW Hub at SWCC was recognized for five years as the HUB during the June 30, 2016 STEM State Council meeting. The recognition was accepted by Tom Lesan, SWCC Vice President of Economic Development and SW STEM advisory board member.
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has identified “Student Interest and Achievement” in STEM as its top priority. Providers are selected annually after a competitive vetting process.
Annually, funding provided by the Iowa legislature purchases materials/services from identified STEM programs, which is then allocated to selected applicants from public/private schools; community organizations such as libraries or scouting organizations; or Extension, in each of the six STEM regions.
Scale-Up Program Applications
The application process occurs once per year. The urgency of bringing quality STEM programming to Iowa’s learners is reflected in the aggressive implementation requirements.
Please contact Joni Ehm, Southwest Regional STEM manager, if you are interested in joining Iowa’s statewide work in STEM programming.
Hub is located at the SWCC Red Oak Center.
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