Welcome SC STEM


Welcome to the South Central Iowa STEM Hub housed at Drake University.
The Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Advisory Council leads the Governor’s state STEM initiative. This Council, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Vermeer Corporation President and CEO Mary Andringa, was created by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s to increase student interest and achievement in STEM and to promote economic development in the state.
One of Council’s initial action items is to increase student interest in STEM through the implementation of scale-up projects. In the spring of 2012, in a competitive process, Drake University was selected as the South Central Iowa STEM Hub. As a hub, Drake’s responsibility will be to fund the implementation of scale-up programs, develop an action plan for the South Central region, conduct a needs analysis and strength analysis in the South Central Region and evaluate the implementation of the scale-up programs. The Regional Manager, Advisory Board, and staff will also identify, grow, and create STEM programs at the university and in the surrounding area.
Summary of Year-One Results!



May 16, 2014
If you have a grant for THIS SCHOOL YEAR, please complete a 3-part evaluation:
1. teacher/leader evaluation,
2. student participation list and
3. student questionnaire.
Results will help us all monitor progress and continue providing STEM options to Iowa students. Please click here to get started.


Photo Recap: IHCC iExplore Festival

STEM Resources

Iowa National Career Readiness Certificate Testing Sites

Vital Signs: Researched-based statistics and facts promoting STEM education

Iowa STEM Monitoring Project Year-One Results: Results from Governor’s STEM Advisory Council funded projects

Check out the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College website!

Follow @SCSTEMHub

Visit the Lt. Governor’s official STEM site 


Iowa Energy Center Scholarships

ICPD Graduate and Veteran Mentoring Programs

GAME:IT 10,000 a free, standards aligned, game design course (free through Dec. 31, 2013)

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation IINSPIRE Program


Congratulations to West Des Moines team Beta #3550, winners of the prestigious Inspire Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship!
The FTC World Championship Inspire Award is compared to an Olympic gold medal, except that it is in a "sport for the mind".  Bravo Beta!
The FTC World Championship Inspire Award is compared to an Olympic gold medal, except that it is in a “sport for the mind”. Bravo Beta!



Ben Silberman, inventor of Pinterest, appears in STEMS new public service announcement. Click the arrow to meet Ben, a former Roosevelt High School graduate and Iowa native. The commercial was filmed at DMPS’s Central Academy.


Apply now….

2014-15 SCALE-UP Programs!


Click on the title below to connect with a one-page overview of each scale-up. The selected Scale-Up programs include:

1. A World in Motion

2. The CASE for Agriculture Education in Iowa

3. Defined STEM

4. Engineering is Elementary

5. FIRST Tech Challenge

6. HyperStream

7. KidWind Renewable Energy STEM

8. SCI Pint Size Science

9. Project Lead the Way: Engineering

10. Project Lead the Way: Gateway


Click for a visual 2014-2015 Scale Up List.

Click for an APPLICATION link.

February 24 thru May 2, 2014 – applications from LEA for STEM programming are recruited, received and reviewed by the six STEM regions

May 19, 2014 – Subaward agreements between Service Providers and Hub institutions begins

May 30, 2014 (pending legislation) – LEA programming awards are announced

July 1, 2014 (pending legislation) – Scale Up STEM Programming begins
Please email Sarah Derry at scstemhub@drake.edu.



See our new look! Check out this “Greatness STEMs from Iowans” video.

WATCH: Girls get encouragement in STEM careers at DuPont Pioneer

 Find a Scale-Up near you


Drake hosted STEM’s iExplore Festival on October 29. Watch how MaKey MaKey lets students turn anything into a keyboard, including vegetables!

Waukee Technology Student Association attracts a niche of students who might not otherwise be involved in high school. Read more.



State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

Partnerships for Engineering Educational Resources for Schools (PEERS)

A World in Motion


Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation, and Exploration)

First Lego League

First Tech Challenge

Corridor STEM Initiative

CASE - Ag Education in Iowa


Drake University's official Logo

Picture of a Drake University building

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