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Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee releases applications for STEM Scale-up

March 14, 2012

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee released a STEM Scale-Up Eligibility Application to identify high-quality projects that have demonstrated success in increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Applications will undergo a review process to identify and approve a focused pool of projects for the designation of “Scalable STEM Projects”. These projects will be made available to all areas of the state through the Council’s Regional STEM Network.

 “There are numerous programs in the state right now that are successfully pulling kids into math and science, be it an in-school curriculum or an after-school program,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council with University of Northern Iowa (UNI) President Ben Allen. “The programs identified through this application process will be Iowa’s STEM ‘best practices’ that can be replicated and offered to learners across the state.”

This announcement comes just one week after the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council announced the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to create six regional STEM Hubs. These hubs will work with AEAs, extension and outreach, community colleges, public and private universities, informal science centers, nonprofits, youth agencies, regional companies and other stakeholders to assure the selected scale-up programs are available to STEM learners in all corners of the state.

“Each Regional STEM Network Hub will select from a menu of the best ‘Scalable STEM Projects’ that are tailored to meet the particular needs of each region,” said Jeff Weld, executive director, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “This way, every STEM learner in Iowa has  access to innovative and exciting activities and opportunities, engaging them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Projects eligible for scale-up must already be in use in Iowa and provide evidence of successfully meeting project goals and criteria for scalability. The most competitive applications, which will come from academic institutions, nonprofit organizations or private industry, will be those that are clearly evidence-based and well-planned.

The application can be found at www.iowamathscience.org/SCALE and must be submitted by the end of business day on May 30, 2012.  For more information, please contact Jeff Weld, executive director, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at imsep@uni.edu .


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