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2018-19 STEM Scale-Up Programs

A statewide program of the Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council will offer nine lessons, learning modules, kits and curriculum to be “scaled-up” throughout the state by PreK-12 educators in schools, libraries, daycares, museums, afterschool clubs, homeschools and other learning centers this upcoming academic year.

With the top priority of boosting student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Governor's STEM Advisory Council has approved 10 high-quality STEM education programs for 2018-19. The selected STEM Scale-Up Programs are listed in the right column.  

Schools (public and nonpublic), after-school programs and other active learning communities serving students in grades preK-12 can apply for these STEM Scale-Up Programs.
The application, for educators, will open January 22, 2018 to select programs on the 2018-19 scale-up menu. 

2018-19 STEM SCALE-UP PROGRAM MENU

A (*) Indicates new programs offered for the 2018-19 academic year

PROGRAMS

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) - Animal and Plant Biotech*
Description: Experience industry appropriate applications of biotechnology-related plant and animal agriculture through hands-on activities, projects and problems in biotechnology. Research and experimental design will be highlighted in industry-appropriate investigations that involve micropipetting, bacterial cultures and transformations, electrophoresis, and the polymerase chain.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
For more information: http://www.case4learning.org/ 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) - Environmental Sci Issues*
Description:
Investigate areas that include ecosystem management, sustainable agriculture, energy choices, and pollution. Students will research, investigate, experiment, and document a project, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
For more information: http://www.case4learning.org/ 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

Computer Science Principles*
Description:
A year-long Code.org course that aligns with CSTA standards and 21st Century Learning Skills. It can be delivered as an Advanced Placement course. Teachers need no prior computer technology experience to qualify for training.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
For more information: www.code.org/educate/csp 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

Engineering Everywhere*
Description:
Helps students think creatively and solve globally relevant engineering challenges during out-of-school programs. Each unit has an introduction to the engineering process, culminating design challenge, science and mathematics standards, and 21st Century Learning Skills.
Grade Level: 6-8
For Settings: Out of school
For more information: www.eie.org/engineering-everywhere 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

Making STEM Connections
Description:
Activities that help students connect STEM to their daily lives and develop competencies essential to Iowa's future workforce. Grounded in making, safety, upcycling, creative constraints, art, and reinventing technologies. Lessons build on NGSS standards, reflect Iowa Common Core, and include National CORE Art Standards.
Grade Level: K-8
For Settings: In school and out of school
For more information: www.sciowa.org/makingstemconnections 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

Pint Size Science*
Description:
Four hands-on modules: one introductory unit and three chosen by the educator. Features Iowa Early Learning Standards/GOLD Objectives, NGSS, Iowa Common Core math and literacy and 21st Century Learning Skills. Includes kit materials, curriculum guides, website and webinar support.
Grade Level: PreK-2
For Settings: In school and out of school
For more information: www.sciowa.org/pss 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

PowerTeaching Math
Description:
Includes active instruction, team practice, formative and formal assessments, feedback and motivation, and a designated PowerTeaching coach. Contains Iowa Common Core Mathematics Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills.
Grade Level: 6-8
For Settings: In school
For more information: www.successforall.org 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW): Computer Science for Innovators and Makers*
Description:
Using real-world scenarios, students use the design process, which includes defining the problem, generating concepts, and designing and presenting a solution. Aligns to NGSS, Iowa Common Core for Mathematics and ELA, and CSTA Standards.
Grade Level: 6-8
For Settings: In school
For more information: http://www.pltw.org 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

Ramps and Pathways
Description:
Explore the engineering process and mathematics of spatial thinking and geometry through construction of marble runs; mathematics and literacy skills through data collection; physics of force and motion through conversations and retesting; and 21st Century Learning Skills related to creation and innovation.
Grade Level: PreK-2
For Settings: In school and out of school
For more information: www.rampsandpathways.org 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

STEM in Action*
Description:
With options in Life, Earth and Physical Sciences, each educator-chosen kit (5 for PreK, 9 for K-2, 9 for 3-5) is formatted into small, manageable bits of time with limited consumable items. Available in English and Spanish.
Grade Level: PreK-5
For Settings: In school and out of school
For more information: www.hand2mind.com/steminaction 
Click here to see the details of this Scale-up Program.

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