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….

Code Iowa 2016 Regional Winner


Congratulations to Knoxville’s Northstar Elementary for receiving this year’s regional Code Iowa Award! We spent the afternoon with Ms. Lucas’ class, while they were introduced to coding. Teacher Tyler Pearson applied for the $3500 grant. One of the most compelling elements of the district’s application was their inclusion of community speakers.

If you’d like more information on coding, please visit’s website.

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Readers Needed!

Visit Our New Blog: Growing Readers. We’re seeking readers of all ages to review STEM-related books. Email for more info on how you can participate.

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.

kateAll 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.


2017-18 Scale-Up Programs

New Scale-Up Applications will be accepted starting on January 24, 2017. Check Iowa STEM’s website for the most up-to-date info. Click HERE to learn more about the 2016-17 Scale-Ups.


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

IMMAW Education Day and Celebration Day
I'll Make Me a World

* January 27-28
* all day
Email the to exhibit at the event!


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!

EXHIBITORS: Register here!
ATTENDEES: Register here!


From Appanoose County/Centerville STEM Fest

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