South Central STEM Region



STEM for all!

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The Iowa STEM Advisory Council was created to increase interest and achievement in these key areas. In order for Iowa students to complete in a global economy and make smart, socially-responsible decisions, Iowa graduates need a solid STEM education. In addition, it is vital to Iowa’s economy and quality of life.

The Council unites educators, students, businesses, legislators, nonprofits, and communities in an effort to improve STEM opportunities and awareness. The SC STEM Region is just one of six around the state. Our efforts fall into three main categories: 1.) provide programming and support for K-12 teachers, 2.) host community-wide STEM festivals and events, and 3.) seek out opportunities to offer STEM to diverse communities around the region.


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Visit Our New Blog: Growing Readers

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For the next year, we’ll be asking for your recommendations for great STEM-related books! From ages 5 to 105, we’d love to have you participate.

All you have to do is:

A. Find a book (either one you’re reading or a title we pass along to you.)

B. Answer a few questions.

C. Send us a photo of you with the book. (For those under 18, we’ll just use your first name.)

Click HERE to check out the blog.


Due September 23, 2016


The overarching goal of STEM BEST is to unite the expertise of public and private sectors to strengthen the continuum from school to careers. The heart of the STEM BEST model is the centrality of business or industry partner(s) in defining curriculum and work space. Topics and projects are driven by the needs of the business partner(s) in collaboration with educators. Learning spaces are separate and distinct from the standard school environment—ideally at the business site.

The STEM Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to support the establishment of six new Iowa STEM BEST models with the intention to fund one in each of the six STEM regions. Awarded applicants will become an Iowa STEM BEST model of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and receive $25,000 to be matched with local cost-share.

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Upcoming PD Dates: 2016-17 Scale-Up

Engineering is Elementary (EiE):

  • August 12, Drake’s Cowles Library
  • September 28, Drake’s Olmstead Center

Making STEM Connections:

  • August 15, Greater Prairie AEA–Ottumwa
  • September 26, SCI–Des Moines
  • October 2, SCI–Des Moines

Can’t make it to one of these? You can attend anywhere in the state. Click here for state-wide access to 2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Program Trainings.

More dates coming soon!

Congratulations to the following 2016-17 Scale-Up Awardees!

2016-17 Scale-Up Programs

Click HERE to learn more about these proven programs.



STEM Resources

For events in your area, visit our STEM Calendar!

Visit the Iowa STEM Council’s Evaluation link.

Iowa National Career Readiness Certificate Testing Sites

Learn more about the Iowa STEM Council’s purpose.

Drake University STEM Programs






Dr. Sarah Derry, SC STEM Regional Manager

Drake University
School of Education–B6/7
3206 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50031

Phone: 515-271-2403

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 Event calendar:  Visit the SC STEM Hub’s calendar!

The South Central STEM Region is part of the Iowa STEM Council. Click HERE to learn more about the state-wide program.


2016-17 Festival Registration

to the Centerville STEM Festival!

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DATE: Saturday, October 22, 2016
TIME: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
SET-UP: 8:30 am
WHERE: Howar Junior High School
             Centerville, Iowa

EXHIBITORS: Register HERE to exhibit or volunteer.

PARTICIPANTS: Register HERE to attend.


Sustaining Festival Registration

3rd Annual DMACC-Ankeny Festival…

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DATE: Monday, October 24, 2016
TIME: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
SET-UP: 5:00 pm
WHERE: DMACC-Ankeny Campus
     (FFA Enrichment Center
     1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny, Iowa 50023)


EXHIBITORS: Register HERE to exhibit or volunteer.

PARTICIPANTS: Register HERE to attend.



Greatness STEMs from Hands-On Learning

Greatness STEMs From Applied Teaching

Greatness STEMs From Inspiring Imagination

Greatness STEMs From Iowans



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