STEM Scale-up

The STEM Scale-Up program provides high-quality STEM education programs to PK-12 youth in school and out of school along with training for educators to implement effectively. 

Since 2012, the Iowa STEM has partnered with STEM education programs reaching up to 100,000 students each year and engaging them in exemplary STEM curriculum. Thousands of Iowa educator have delivered exciting units in robotics, coding, engineering design, agriculture, animal science and more. 

“Seeing children actively engaged in STEM in classrooms and afterschool programs is what the STEM Council is all about. As external evaluations show a positive impact, the Scale-Up programs will continue to be vital partners in our mission to deliver the best possible STEM education to Iowa students.” -Governor Kim Reynolds

“The feedback from educators and students is encouraging. When a student says, ‘I want to be an engineer,’ it’s gratifying knowing these programs are feeding the workforce pipeline.” -Mary Andringa, Vermeer Corporation Chair Emeritus

About STEM Scale-Up

Through a legislative appropriation, Iowa STEM offers exemplary STEM programs to educators across the state:

  1. STEM Scale-Up Programs: Through the program provider application and a rigorous review process, STEM programs are selected as programs offerings.
  2. To Educators:  Through the educator application and a review process, educators are awarded the opportunity to participate in the selected STEM programs both in and out of the classroom. Eligible PK-12 educators include public and private school PK-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, home school associations, licensed child care centers and others who deliver STEM education programming.