Since Governor Terry Branstad created the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Advisory Council, Iowa State and various other colleges and universities have created STEM initiatives in their respective areas. These initiatives were created with the intention of encouraging youth in the state to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM Advisory Council has created a Scale-Up program which is offered to increase learning opportunities within STEM.
“This is not a grant, but an award,” Paul Gibbins, Regional STEM Manager tells Hola Iowa. “Teachers pre-k through 12th grade are eligible to apply as long as they have completed a background check as required by an employer. And because it is an award and not a grant, programs that propose ways to offset costs and plan to contribute or supplement the program with their own funds will be considered favorably in the review process.” Beyond that, the Scale-Up program requires the award winners to participate in a review of their program’s effectiveness. The due date to apply is March 3 at 5pm. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.iowastem.gov/2017-18-scale-up