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2017-18 Scale-Up Recipients

Organization City County Scale-Up Program
Adel DeSoto Minburn High School Adel Dallas CASE: Agricultural Power and Technology
New Hope Beginnings Preschool Adel Dallas Ramps and Pathways
Albia Community School District ALBIA Monroe Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
North Polk Central Elementary Alleman Polk Making STEM Connections
Southeast Polk Altoona Elementary Altoona Polk PLTW: Launch
Southeast Polk Centennial Elementary Altoona Polk PLTW: Launch
Southeast Polk Clay Elementary Altoona Polk PLTW: Launch
Southeast Polk Willowbrook Elementary Altoona Polk PLTW: Launch
Rock Creek Elementary School Ankeny Polk Making STEM Connections
St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School Ankeny Polk ST Math
Baxter Community School Baxter Jasper Engineering the Future
Baxter Elementary Baxter Jasper Ramps and Pathways
Baxter Community School District Baxter Jasper ST Math
Davis County High School Bloomfield Davis FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
Bondurant-Farrar Middle School Bondurant Polk Making STEM Connections
Bondurant Farrar CSD Bondurant Polk Ramps and Pathways
BGM Elementary School Brooklyn Poweshiek PLTW: Launch
Carlilse Middle School Carlisle Warren Making STEM Connections
Kids World Centerville Appanoose Ramps and Pathways
Melcher-Dallas CSD/Elementary Dallas Marion Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Des Moines Polk Making STEM Connections
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa-McCombs Club Des Moines Polk Making STEM Connections
Brody Middle School Des Moines Polk Making STEM Connections
Harding Middle School Des Moines Polk Making STEM Connections
Morris Elementary School Des Moines Polk Making STEM Connections
Community Youth Concepts Des Moines Polk Making STEM Connections
St. Theresa Catholic School Des Moines Polk Making STEM Connections
Southeast Polk Delaware Elementary Des Moines Polk PLTW: Launch
Holy Trinity Des Moines Polk Ramps and Pathways
Grimes Public Library Grimes Polk Ramps and Pathways
Grinnell-Newburg Community School Grinnell Poweshiek PLTW: Launch
Grinnell-Newburg Schools Grinnell Poweshiek Ramps and Pathways
Ms. Hollie’s Preschool Huxley Story Ramps and Pathways
Iowa Public Television Johnston Polk Engineering the Future
Timber Ridge Elementary Johnston Polk PLTW: Launch
Horizon Elementary Johnston Polk PLTW: Launch
Lawson Elementary Johnston Polk PLTW: Launch
Wallace Elementary Johnston Polk PLTW: Launch
Iowa Public Television Johnston Polk Ramps and Pathways
Johnston Early Learning Academy Johnston Polk Ramps and Pathways
Northstar Elementary Knoxville Marion Making STEM Connections
Southeast Warren Community School District Liberty Center Warren Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
Martensdale-St. Marys Elementary Martensdale Warren Making STEM Connections
Southeast Polk Mitchellville Elementary Mitchellville Polk PLTW: Launch
Mitchellville Elementary Mitchellville Polk Ramps and Pathways
Prairie City-Monroe (PCM) High School Monroe Jasper CASE: Agricultural Power and Technology
Poweshiek County Extension Montezuma Poweshiek Ramps and Pathways
Berg Middle School Newton Jasper PLTW: Launch
Newton Community Preschool ( Thomas Jefferson Elem.) Newton Jasper Ramps and Pathways
Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Warren PLTW: Launch
Oviatt Elementary, Norwalk, Iowa Norwalk Warren PLTW: Launch
Clarke Community Schools Osceola Clarke Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
Oskaloosa High School Oskaloosa Mahaska CASE: Agricultural Power and Technology
Mahaska County 4-H Oskaloosa Mahaska Making STEM Connections
Pella Christian Grade School Pella Marion Ramps and Pathways
St. Patrick School Perry Dallas PowerTeaching Math
Pleasant Hill Elementary Pleasant Hill Polk Making STEM Connections
Southeast Polk Four Mile Elementary Pleasant Hill Polk PLTW: Launch
North Polk West Elementary Polk City Polk Ramps and Pathways
West Elementary, North Polk Schools Polk City, IA Polk Ramps and Pathways
Southeast Polk Runnells Elementary Runnells Polk PLTW: Launch
Ballard West Elementary Slater Story PLTW: Launch
Interstate 35 Community School District Truro Madison Engineering the Future
Interstate 35 Community School Truro Madison PLTW: Launch
St. Pius X School Urbandale Polk Making STEM Connections
Walnut Hills Elementary Urbandale Dallas Making STEM Connections
Olmsted Elementary Urbandale Polk ST Math
Waukee CSD/Grant Ragan Elementary School Waukee Dallas Making STEM Connections
Westridge Elementary West Des Moines Polk Ramps and Pathways
Cowles Montessori Windsor Heights Polk Making STEM Connections

 

2017-18 Scale-Up Program Overview

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) – Agricultural Power and Technology
Description: Students are immersed in inquiry-based exercises that tie in the math and science of agricultural mechanics and engineering. Throughout the course, students apply technical skill while becoming competent in the process used to operate, repair, engineer and design agricultural tools and equipment.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
Contact: Joshua Remington, Iowa FFA Foundation, joshua.remington@iowaffafoundation.org
For more information: http://www.case4learning.org/
Additional information: Find out how to align this course with RAI and/or high school graduation requirements at www.IowaSTEM.gov/AgisSTEM.

Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
Description: Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a rigorously-researched, classroom-tested curriculum that increases students’ interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE is designed to encourage all children—including those from underrepresented groups—to envision themselves as potential engineers. The EiE Curriculum is the nation’s leading engineering curriculum for grades 1-6.
Grade Level: 1-6
For Settings: In school and out of school
Primary Contact: Christopher Soldat, Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center, csoldat@gwaea.org
Secondary Contact: Dianne Kelley, Engineering is Elementary, dkelley@mos.org
For more information: http://www.eie.org/

Engineering the Future (EtF)*
Description: Engineering the Future (EtF) is a modular, full-year, 8-12th grade curriculum of introductory engineering and technological literacy for all students, including women and minorities and any career aspiration. The specific module being offered, “Project 1.0: Design the Best Organizer in the World,” provides students the opportunity to design, build and test prototypes while empowering them to apply math, science and engineering practices, work creatively and collaboratively, communicate and experience the engineering design cycle in real-world design and physics applications.
Grade Level: 8-12
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Liz Pabon, It’s About Time, lpabon@iat.com
For more information: https://www.iat.com/courses/engineering/engineering-the-future/

FIRST Robotics Competition
Description: High school students call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense, six-week time limit, teams of 10 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Marcy Seavey, University of Northern Iowa, seavey@uni.edu
For more information: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc or check out this Google Drive folder with a presentation and video

Making STEM Connections
Description: The Science Center of Iowa’s “Making STEM Connections” program provides a kit, including tools, teacher resources and lessons to inspire the “makers mentality” through highly-engaging, interactive and safe experiences. Building upon the natural inclination to tinker, this program empowers participants to explore STEM principles and 21st Century Skills as they design, create and make.
Grade Level: K-8
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Jolie Pelds, Science Center of Iowa, jolie.pelds@sciowa.org
For more information: http://www.sciowa.org/makingstemconnections

PowerTeaching Math
Description: Developed by Johns Hopkins Researchers, PowerTeaching Math is the leader in cooperative learning mathematics instruction helping teachers transform their classrooms environments to engage ALL students.
Grade Level: 6-8 and Algebra 1
For Settings: In school
Contact: Bonnie Darby, Success for All Foundation, bdarby@successforall.org
For more information: http://www.sfapowerteaching.org/

Project Lead The Way (PLTW): Launch
Description: The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. As students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering and biomedical science, they apply and reinforce the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in core academic areas.
Grade Level: K-5
For Settings: In school
Contact: Terry Ausman, Project Lead The Way, tausman@pltw.org
For more information: http://www.pltw.org

Ramps and Pathways*
Description: Ramps & Pathways (R&P) is an NSF-funded, developmentally-appropriate and classroom-tested approach to integrative STEM that engages young children. R&P is designed to nurture engineering habits of mind as children build their own technology of marble runs; a type of Rube Goldberg machine. In the process, children grapple with the laws of physics, properties of objects, how those properties affect motion and engage in spatial thinking.
Grade Level: PreK-2
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Beth D. VanMeeteren, Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education, UNI, Regents.center@uni.edu
For more information: http://www.rampsandpathways.org

Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math
Description: Created by the social benefit organization MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software offered as a whole-class instructional supplement and designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain to promote mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding.
Grade Level: K-6
For Settings: In school
Contact: Tom Allen, MIND Research Institute, tallen@mindresearch.org
For more information: http://www.mindresearch.org

2017 Council Participation by District

If you’d like to know if and how our school district benefits from Iowa STEM resources, please take a look at the this complete list: Council Participation by District 2017.

Directions: 1. Click the link above. 2. The next screen offers a link to an Excel document, click to download. 3. Open the downloaded Excel document to see school districts listed alphabetically.

 

Past Recipients

2016-2017 Scale-Up Awardees

Click here for a complete list of 2016-17 Awardees.