Dear Fellow Iowans,
Innovation and creativity are driving a cultural shift in our schools, afterschool programs, and communities. Students are problem solvers; they see a problem and diligently work to find a solution. Ask any FIRST Tech Challenge, A World in Motion, or Engineering is Elementary group. Their passion and enthusiasm for science and math is contagious.
As co-chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council, I am proud of the work that has been accomplished through this public-private partnership.
The Council is focused on expanding student interest and opportunities for growth in STEM, all while aligning STEM education with workforce needs. Iowa’s STEM initiative gives students hands-on opportunities through high-quality STEM programming.
In the first year alone, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council impacted nearly 40,000 students in Iowa by scaling high-quality programs across the state, and this year we are expected to reach about 100,000 students. We are seeing tremendous growth and 89% of students reported that they were more interested in at least one STEM subject after participating in one of the Council’s STEM education programs.
Iowa is poised for significant growth and our students must be well versed in STEM if our state is to compete in today’s knowledge-based global economy.
I would like to encourage you all to explore STEM and learn what it means for our students, businesses, and our communities. The future of Iowa looks bright and STEM education will take our students to the next level.
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa