No ‘random acts of STEM’ here
A Feb. 26 Education Week story on the growth of state STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives features the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, among others.
One expert interviewed suggested the need for a more purposeful approach in some places, noting that friends use the term “random acts of STEM….”
Iowa’s STEM initiative is anything but random. In its first year and a half, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council created six regional STEM hubs, each run by a hub manager and advisory board, and delivered high-quality STEM education programs to about 38,000 Iowa youngsters.
The council is working to provide more access to great STEM education in a variety of ways, as well as looking at how to tie STEM education to STEM economic development.
A generous $4.7 million appropriation from the Legislature has made this work possible.