"The focus of the council's first year was figuring out how to begin delivering first-rate STEM education programs to students all over the state," Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said. "We have had some outstanding STEM programs in Iowa, but whether students had access depended on where they lived. These Scale-Up programs have changed that."
The top priority for the STEM initiative is increasing student interest and achievement in STEM education.
Webb said, "These STEM programs will make a difference for Iowa teachers and students. I am convinced that the implementation of these programs, combined with partnerships from STEM business and industry, will result in a strong launch for STEM in our schools."
In June, six regional STEM hubs were created with the appointment of regional hub managers and regional advisory boards. The regional managers have sought applicants for the Scale-Up programs and have notified applicants of their grant awards.
According to Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, the impact of this programming will be measured in Iowa classrooms using "test scores of our participants, attitudes and intentions of kids who participate in these programs, and readiness for post-secondary STEM study and careers to tell us the impact of our mission."