South Central STEM Region

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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.


In the News….

Apply for 2017-18 Scale-Up Programs


Visit for complete info!

Click on the program titles below for more information about each program.

A (*) Indicates new programs offered for the 2017-18 academic year


Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) – Agricultural Power and Technology

Engineering is Elementary (EiE)

Engineering the Future (EtF)*

FIRST Robotics Competition

Making STEM Connections

PowerTeaching Math

Project Lead The Way (PLTW): Launch

Ramps and Pathways*

Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math


2016-17 Scale-Up Recipients


MASTER PDF 2016-2017 Scale-Up Awardees for Legislators 2017 (2)



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



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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.


Upcoming 2017 STEM Festivals

2017 SCI/Metro-Area STEM Festival
DATE: April 4, 2017
TIME: 6-8 PM
LOCATION: The Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines
* Free, open-to-the-public!

ATTENDEES: Register here!

EXHIBITORS: Thanks for your interest! Because of you, our festivals are awesome. For this event, we are about at capacity. If you wish to inquire on exhibiting, please email If there’s a way to squeeze you in, we will.


DATE: March 11, 2017
LOCATION: Bridge View Center–Ottumwa


From Appanoose County/Centerville STEM Fest

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From DMACC-Ankney STEM Fest



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