STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair on August 21st

Ignite a passion for learning! Come out and celebrate STEM at the Iowa State Fair. For the price of last-day admission, meet STEM professionals, participate in hands-on activities and learn what Iowa STEM can do for you!

Click HERE for more info!

Or contact Dr. Sarah Derry, SC STEM Hub Manager
Call: 515-271-2403 or Email:


STEM BEST RFPs Due September 23

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council invites school+business partnerships across Iowa to submit their proposal to establish a STEM BEST model.


All Iowa private and public schools and school districts serving students in any of grades K-12 are eligible to apply. Each of the six awarded applicants will receive $25,000 each to be matched with local cost-share and will be designated as an Iowa STEM BEST model. The application window will close on Friday, September 23, 2016.

To learn more about Iowa STEM BEST, please click HERE.


Alliant to add $1 billion in wind energy

Business Record: BY PERRY BEEMAN | Senior Staff Writer | @PerrybeemanBR

Alliant Energy’s plan to add up to 500 megawatts of wind energy is a large play that will help keep Iowa’s electricity rates low, a key authority on clean energy said.

“Wind energy is now the lowest-cost source of new generation,” Nathaniel Baer, who follows energy issue for the Iowa Environmental Council, said in an interview. “That helps keep things stable and keeps rates low.”

“With both major utilities pursuing significant new wind generation, we have diverse wind energy that supports 6,000 jobs and 75 businesses in the supply chain,” Baer added.

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Legends in Manufacturing Award Nominations Due Sunday

Time is running out to nominate iconic manufacturers for the prestigious Legends in Manufacturing Awards through the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. The deadline to make your nominations is Sunday, July 31. These awards recognize key leaders and champions of this important industry. Award winners will be recognized at a dinner on Oct. 3 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.

The awards will recognize five outstanding leaders in manufacturing, including individuals who have served as key leaders within a company and individuals or organizations not directly engaged in manufacturing but who support the industry as a whole. Click here to learn more and submit an application. Mark your calendars now to attend the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner on Oct. 3 and the Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Oct. 4.

Emily Abbas named STEM MVP

Business Record Daily July 26, 2016:

Emily Abbas, chief of staff and chief marketing officer for Bankers Trust, has been named this month’s MVP for Iowa STEM by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for her volunteer activities in support of instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She previously had worked on public relations efforts for STEM efforts as part of her work at a marketing firm. Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Abbas to the state STEM Council in August 2014. Her work has included support of STEM in the Arts and STEM Summit planning. Read a full profile.