May/June 2023


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Jeff Beneke
Northeast Regional STEM Manager


In this newsletter:

  • Scale-Up Program Training is Set for this Summer

  • Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Board Visits Turkey Valley STEM BEST program.

  • Seeking Volunteers to Serve on the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board

  • Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival Attracts a Crowd

Upcoming Events

June 11-13

Second Annual STEM BEST Symposium


June 12-16

CS PD Week

Cedar Falls

July 10

Scale-Up Training begins

August 20

STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair

Des Moines

September 25

Classroom + Workplace Summit

Des Moines

Have an event

coming up?

Submit it here!

Northeast Region

of the Iowa

Governor's STEM Advisory Council

Advisory Board

Bev Berns

Keystone AEA

Sue Burrack

Waldorf University

Lisa Chizek

Iowa State


Kendra Crooks

Chickasaw County Extension and Outreach

Larry Escalada

University of

Northern Iowa

Heather Fransen


Gena Gesing

Northeast Iowa Community College

Seth Harms

West Delaware

High School

Doreen Hayek

University of

Northern Iowa

Jeff Jacobs

TDS Automation

Marla Loecke


Jeanette Moore-Loggins


Allison Plunkett

John Deere

Anderson Sainci

City of Dubuque

Ryan Sempf

Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce

Scale-Up Program Training is Set for this Summer

Training dates have been set for educators in Northeast Iowa awarded a Fiscal Year 2023-24 Scale-Up Program. Registration details will be coming soon from your specific program's provider. Just a reminder that to receive materials, you must attend training.

If you have encountered any changes pertaining to the award (i.e. change in educator or unable to fulfill the requirements of the program), or have questions pertaining to the award, please contact Jeff Beneke.


Coming soon - virtual

Daily Math Fluency Centers

July 18 -- virtual

July 19 -- virtual

July 20 -- virtual

July 25 -- virtual

Discover Drones

July 27-28 -- Waverly


August 11 -- Waverly

Positive Physics and Chemistry

July 3 -- virtual

July 18 -- virtual

July 27 -- virtual

July 31 -- virtual

August 9 -- virtual

August 23 -- virtual

Python for BBC micro:bit

Coming soon - virtual

Storytime STEM

July 17 -- Earth Day, virtual

July 18 -- Blue Girl, virtual

July 19 -- Happy Planet, virtual

July 20 -- Dragonland, virtual

July 21 -- Moon, virtual


July 25 -- Dubuque

July 26 -- West Union

Tiny Techies

August 1 -- Oelwein


July 18 & October 13-- Cedar Falls

August 2 & November 4 -- Manchester

Northeast Iowa Regional STEM

Board visits Turkey Valley


On Friday, May 19, the Northeast (NE) Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board met at Turkey Valley School in Jackson Junction. Prior to the Board meeting, Steve Pfaffle presented on the schools accomplishments with their recent STEM BEST award.

The Turkey Valley Ag Ed/FFA Department built a greenhouse that supports K-12 students. The greenhouse is a student-run center, teaching sustainability, horticulture, and marketing. Students will be creating a farmer's market where they will be advertising and creating their own market for the products they produce.

Seeking Volunteers to Serve on the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board

The Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board is a 15 member Board. The Board provides oversight for STEM within the Northeast Iowa STEM Region.

Each of the 15 seats represents a key stakeholder group, including educators, business and industry, workforce development, extension, libraries, parents, area education agencies and elected officials. Regional board members serve up to three years in staggered terms. Members must be registered voters in Iowa and reside or work within the region.

The Northeast Board meets six times per year at various locations throughout Northeast Iowa.

This year, the Northeast Iowa Board is seeking the following candidates;

  • Community College
  • K-12 Student/Parent
  • Economic Development/Chamber of Commerce
  • STEM Teacher
  • Library (school or community library)
  • Public University

If you are interested in serving, please apply today. Applications are submitted to the State of Iowa Boards & Commissions and members are appointed by the Governor. Terms begin July 1.

If you have questions pertaining to the Board, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Beneke.

Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival Attracts a Crowd.

Engineering design challenges, virtual reality, gravity experiments, herpetology interactions and electricity investigations were just a few of the exciting STEM opportunities families experienced from the 37 exhibitors at the Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival on April 20 at Clarke University in Dubuque. Designed to engage learners of all ages, STEM Festivals offer hands-on, educational activities that highlight local careers and skills. Each exhibit is facilitated by workplace and community partners.

Over 1,100 participants engaged with local businesses, industries and community organizations with hands-on STEM activities that highlighted not only science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but also the career opportunities that exist locally in those fields.


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