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….

2017-18 SC Regional Hub Scale-Up Training Dates


The following dates have been set for professional development training sessions. As more are scheduled, we’ll update the list. If you have questions regarding your training time, please email Dr. Sarah Derry at


Scale-Up Program Date Time Location
Engineering is Elementary Aug. 11 8:30am-3:30pm Drake University
Engineering is Elementary Sept. 12 8:30am-3:30pm Drake University
Engineering the Future Aug. 11 8:00 to 4:00
Engineering the Future Aug. 8 8:00 to 4:00 2301 Oakdale, Coralville
Engineering the Future Sept. 4 Web Training
FIRST Robotics Competition July 27-29 8 to 5 UNI Campus
Making STEM Connections Aug. 3 8am-4pm Knoxville HS Media Center
Making STEM Connections Jul. 19 8am-4pm Science Center of Iowa
Making STEM Connections Jul. 27 8am-4pm Science Center of Iowa
Making STEM Connections Sept. 13 8am-4pm Science Center of Iowa
Making STEM Connections Sept. 19 8am-4pm Science Center of Iowa
PLTW Launch July 10-12 8 to 5 PM ISU College of Engineering
Power Teaching Math – Ed Day 1 Aug. 2 8:30am-4pm 4-H Youth Building, Ames
Power Teaching Math – Ed Day 2 Aug. 3 8:30am-4pm 4-H Youth Building, Ames
Power Teaching Math – Leader Aug. 4 9am-4pm 4-H Youth Building, Ames
ST Math Aug. 14 1-4pm St. Luke’s, Ankeny




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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If you live in South Central Iowa and need help with STEM, start here!

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.


2017 STEM Festivals

From the SCI/SC Regional STEM Fest

IMMAW Education Day

From Appanoose County/Centerville STEM Fest

Centerville Lego

From DMACC-Ankney STEM Fest



Greatness STEMs from Hands-On Learning

Greatness STEMs From Applied Teaching

Greatness STEMs From Inspiring Imagination

Greatness STEMs From Iowans



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