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Formal and Informal Educator Opportunities

The Governor’s STEM Council offers the following opportunities to Iowa teachers. For more information, click below on each program listed alphabetically.



Community Seal of Approval

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STEM learning often occurs outside the traditional classroom. There are a number of informal STEM Education Communities that work tirelessly to develop and host engaging, informative and fun STEM learning for students across Iowa. Find a complete list here.

Applications are accepted for individual programs or periodic events that significantly advance STEM principles and thinking in Iowa communities. Applicants should be unaffiliated with existing STEM Council programs. The Seal is not intended for individuals, organizations, or institutions.

All submissions are reviewed by the Seal of Approval committee, a diverse group of community leaders selected by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The committee will review applications three times per year: late April, August, and December. Final recommendations will got to STEM Council leaders for approval. The review process may take two to four weeks.

Click HERE to learn more or apply.


Microsoft Word Academy

The Microsoft Imagine Academy program provides a complete IT education solution that bridges the world of education with the world of work. The program is designed to help drive employability, digital literacy, technical and STEM-focused training and certification, and 21st-century workforce development for students.

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Microsoft Imagine Academy have partnered to provide 150 Iowa high schools and community colleges with an Imagine Academy. One hundred of those schools will be provided with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam site licenses, which include 500 vouchers for those institutions to use.

To learn more about the certification opportunities and the Imagine Academy Program, please watch this prerecorded webinar. Recording ID is: JCB4DJ, key is not required. Or click HERE to visit the Iowa Governor’s STEM Council website’s details on the event.

Have Questions? Contact Ann Watts at or 515-451-3104.


STEM Business Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST)

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has awarded eight STEM BEST® programs since 2014 with an opportunity to grow a series of community collaborations involving school+business partnerships.

Each awardee must demonstrate through a rigorous proposal process substantive commitments on the part of school and business stakeholders to bridge these two cultures through education programs deeply interwoven with business applications. Working side-by-side, teachers and industry professionals will craft curriculum and projects that prepare students for exciting career pathways in the STEM fields of manufacturing, information technology, bioscience (agriculture and medicine), finance, and more.

Click here for more info: STEM BEST or STEM RLE.


STEM Endorsement

Drake offers a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) endorsement at the elementary and secondary level, as well as a professional strand.  These endorsements build upon our existing high quality math and science education courses. These courses will provide students with additional tools to meet the expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards & the Mathematics Common Core.

Click HERE to learn about the program’s courses and requirements.

For more information contact: Jerrid Kruse, PhD
Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning
1-800-44-DRAKE, x3912


I.O.W.A. STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries joined together to honor teachers who are inspiring Iowa’s students to develop a passion for STEM subjects. This award is for teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of students across the state by providing excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future.

Formerly known as The STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching, this award will honor one teacher from each of the six STEM regions for their contribution and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. Each awardee receives $1,500, as well as another $1,500 for their classroom.

Click to learn more about this program or to nominate a teacher.


Teacher Externships

How many times have you heard a student ask, “When will I ever use this?”

The Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program aim to help teachers answer that age-old question.

During the summer, educators work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Teacher Externships provide educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application, prepare students for careers they may have in the future, and improve educational experiences.

Teacher Externships are full-time, six-week temporary summer positions in local businesses and agencies for secondary teachers of mathematics, science and/or technology.  Teachers earn a stipend of up to $4,800 (including two days of professional development), as well as one graduate credit through the University of Northern Iowa’s Continuing Education program.

To learn more or apply, click HERE.