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….

Congratulations to all the Scale-Up Recipients!

Click HERE: 2018-19 Scale-Up Awards List

2018-19 Scale-Ups have been chosen! We hope there’s something on the list that’s perfect for you! The application cycle will begin again in January. Please contact the Hub if you have questions prior to that.

For program details, please visit the Iowa STEM website.

Six STEM BEST Schools Selected from the SC Region

Click HERE: to apply for 2018-19 STEM BEST

We’re so happy to announce the 2017-18 STEM BEST schools that have been awarded to the following districts in the South Central region:

  • Ankeny Schools
  • Des Moines Hoover High School 
  • Albia Community Schools
  • Chariton Community Schools
  • Newton High School

This year’s STEM BEST applications are due September 12. If you’d like to learn more about the funding process or begin your application, please visit the Iowa STEM page.


Albia, left, and Newton, right, are both building STEM BEST programs. If you’re interested in visiting either of these districts, the Hub can pass along contact information.

Dr. Holly Showalter Receives I.O.W.A STEM Teacher Award

Waukee’s biomedical teacher won Iowa’s top STEM teaching award this past year. Find out what motivates this incredible teacher and learn more about the students she inspires everyday. Click HERE to read WCSD’s feature on her.

Congratulations to Dr. Showalter, 4th from the left, on her work with STEM students and contributions to program models that serve the entire state.





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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

Collier-Scripps Hall #314/317
2702 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50031

Phone: 515-271-2403

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

Share your STEM stories through the hashtag: #STEMinYourWorld.

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





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