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STEM Advisory Council Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By Staff | Apr 8, 2021

CEDAR FALLS — The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is celebrating 10 years of progress made in increasing interest and achievement in STEM education for all Iowans. To launch this milestone anniversary, the STEM Council is sharing a video of current and past Council co-chairs, members and STEM partners highlighting the growth over the past ten years and the evolution of STEM education in Iowa.

In 2011, Iowa was one of the first states to launch a formal STEM education initiative in order to increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers. The initiative focused on preschool through 12th grade students to help better prepare the future workforce in Iowa.

Iowa’s STEM Council, launched by Executive Order of then-Governor Branstad in 2011 and co-chaired since the beginning by now-Governor Reynolds, has been a pioneer in STEM education by working with various partners and advocates across the state to introduce and expand program offerings, leading to programs such as the STEM BEST– school-business partnerships, STEM Scale-Up–top educational resources to educators and students, and Iowa STEM Teacher Externships–summers in workplaces. Education, business and civic sectors have come together to build on the existing momentum and will continue to identify strategies for ensuring all Iowa students have access to outstanding STEM education.

“The purpose of the STEM Council has always been to engage and prepare students for a career-ready path to the workforce while providing a vital competitive advantage to Iowa’s cutting-edge employers,” says Gov. Kim Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair. “Together, we’ve achieved many significant milestones which have shaped our programming and impacted hundreds of thousands of Iowa students over the last decade.”

Read the full article in The Democrat.