Monday, June 11, 2012

STEM Scale-Up Applications in review, available for public viewing


Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov.  Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen today announced the posting of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Scale-Up applications for review by a panel of STEM professionals, with public viewing welcome.

Selected Scale-Up applications – those with strong evidence of improving achievement and inspiring interest among pre-K through 12 learners – will then be made available for implementation to local schools, museums, daycares and other educational facilities   via the recently announced six regional network hubs.

The establishment of an Iowa STEM Network centered around six regional network hubs was the first major initiative of the new 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.

“Through a statewide STEM network for scaling up what’s working, some of the best of programming available to learners in Iowa will be made available to STEM learners everywhere in Iowa” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “Access to top quality STEM education will assure that every young Iowan has the chance for strong post-secondary preparation and the choice to pursue a high-demand and good paying job in STEM.” 

“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 soon 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 in STEM.” 

Scale-Up applications are being evaluated by the panel through mid-June. Recommendations will be made to the Council’s Executive Committee and then on to Governor Branstad later in summer.

The public may view the Scale-Up applications, the advisory panel and the evaluative rubric at   www.IowaSTEM.gov

For more information about the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council go to www.IowaSTEM.gov.
  
Tim Albrecht
Communications Director, Governor Terry E. Branstad
515-725-3518 – IGOV Communications Department
@TerryBranstad
@TimAlbrechtIA