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Governor’s Office Releases Appointments Made to STEM Advisory Council

By Staff | Sep 10, 2013

(DES MOINES) – The governor’s office today released a list of appointments to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. All appointments will take effect September 1, 2013.

Kacia Cain, Indianola

John Carver, Cresco

Jordan Cohen, Iowa City

Robert Denson, Ankeny

Ryan Drew, Burlington

Mary Beth Hockstedler, Iowa City

AnnElyse Howard, Clive

Jordan Lampe, Sausalito, Calif.

Valerie Newhouse, Emmetsburg

Robert “Kelly” Ortberg, Cedar Rapids

Mark Putnam, Pella

Macenzie Rubin, Ankeny

Johnathan Wickert, Ames

Gail Wortmann, Bloomfield

Isa Zimmerman, Boston, Mass.

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.

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are vital for thriving in the 21st century whether managing STEM-based decisions of daily life or pursuing STEM careers.

In today’s complex world teachers, students, parents and communities need to understand how the STEM fields are the basis for innovative problem-solving and discovery which are best acquired through exploratory learning and active student engagement.