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!
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The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council invites school+business partnerships across Iowa to submit their proposal to establish a STEM BEST model.
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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.
BY KENT DARR Business Record | Senior Staff Writer | @KentDarr
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., a multinational corporation that is based in New Jersey with a presence in Des Moines, plans to hire more than 1,000 people and occupy office space in Two Ruan Center as well as build two office building in the Gray’s Landing development.
The company, one of the leading STEM recruiters in the United States, currently employs slightly more than 400 people in Des Moines who work out of two office buildings downtown.
According to an application for state of Iowa high-quality-jobs tax credits, the company will spend more than $14 million to lease 50,000 square feet of office space in Two Ruan Center and to lease two 54,000-square-foot built-to-suit office buildings. The costs also include expenses for remodeling and computer hardware.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority board will consider a forgivable loan of $812,000 when it meets Friday as well as a rebate of sales taxes on construction materials.
The city of Des Moines also is working out the details of an incentive package that includes tax increment financing for the Gray’s Landing office building project.
Continue reading about the affect the company’s decision is likely to have in Des Moines. Full Insider story >>>
Many key innovations in this state are coming out of our critical bioscience industry.
Consider the contributions of our biofuels industry throughout the state. We are leaders in this space. Iowa also leads in the food and ag and plant science areas. Add the contributions of vaccines through companies like Harrisvaccines or the cancer and Ebola cures offered by NewLink Genetics or the drug innovations of KemPharm make Iowa a human and animal health bioscience center.
All told, this is an industry that supports nearly 25,000 jobs in this state according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Because of Iowa’s rich agricultural resources, bioscience has grown at an exponential rate here.
In fact, the state’s most recent Battelle study released by the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress shows the bioscience industry has shown continued growth since 2004 despite recessionary pressures that forced contraction in other important industries for Iowa. It’s critical we support continued growth in this industry with engagement, strong public policy and investment.
In order to support the workforce needed for this industry to continue to grow, Iowa business leaders need to actively engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in this state.
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BY BUSINESS RECORD STAFF | @BusinessRecord
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has honored 12 Iowa high schools as STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) and STEM RLE (Redesigned Learning Environment) models across Iowa.
Des Moines’ Hoover High School was named a STEM BEST school where schools and business work together to encourage careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
“The STEM BEST model allows students to experience a local industry or business environment firsthand that exposes them to STEM career opportunities right in their backyards,” Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council, said in a statement.
Since 2014, the STEM Council has established four STEM RLE and five STEM BEST models that serve as examples of these business-education partnerships.
In all, $300,000 from state and private funds is divided equally among these 12 awardees so they can buy equipment and provide teacher training.
- Charles City Community School District.
- Davenport Community School District.
- Des Moines Hoover High School.
- Lincoln Intermediate Schoo, Mason Cityl.
- Dubuque Community School District.
- North Tama County Community School District.
- Carroll High School.
- Western Christian High School, Hull
- Albia Community School District.
- West Branch Community School District.
- Corning Elementary School.
- Hamburg Community School District.
Each selected program submitted an in-depth proposal, considering factors like education driven by business and industry needs, STEM curriculum and partnerships. Read more
CEDAR FALLS | The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council received $20,000 from Google to support a computer science program.
This is the second time Google has funded “Code Iowa,” which focuses on increasing the state’s participation in Code.org’s international effort called “The Hour of Code.” Last December, more than 450 schools took part in the event, and 50 schools signed up through the STEM Council to become a certified Code Iowa partner. Google’s first $20,000 contribution allowed the STEM Council to award five schools across Iowa with $4,000 technology awards for participating in the “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week.
The council is based at the University of Northern Iowa. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
According to Code.org statistics, Iowa currently has nearly 4,500 open computing jobs with only 358 computer science graduates to fill them, which is a demand 3.1 times the state average.
Dear Iowa Business Leader: This five-item survey will take you approximately two minutes to complete and by doing so you will contribute to an invaluable statewide snapshot of business investment in education, particularly regarding the high-demand fields known as STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics). Collective responses by you and your peers across Iowa will inform state leaders and lawmakers regarding private sector commitment to growing the talent pipeline to essential STEM careers.
Your responses must be submitted by Oct. 16 to be counted. To take the survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LVDF65