STEM Scale-up
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STEM Scale-Up Educator Application

The educator application window is closed for the 2024-25 school year. Check back in January 2025 for the opportunity to apply for the  2025-26 school year.

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  • January 2024: Educator application opens
  • Feb. 28, 2024, 4:59 PM CST: Educator application submission deadline
  • March – April 2024: Regional STEM Advisory Boards review applications
  • April 8, 2024: Awardees notified
  • May 2024: Program providers provided list of awardees
  • Summer 2024: Training, professional development in preparation for program implementation during 2023-2024 academic year
  • July 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025: Implementation
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Who Can Apply?

PK-12 cross-curricular educators, both in and out of the classroom, are eligible to apply, so long as they have undergone a criminal background check as a requirement of employment. Eligible applicant(s) include public and private school PreK-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, home school associations, licensed child care centers and others who deliver STEM education programming. Every applicant must secure the commitment and signature of the institution’s lead administrator(s).

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Awards Not Grants

STEM Scale-Up programs are delivered to the awarded educator applicants. Funding is provided from Iowa STEM Regional Hub Institutions directly to STEM Scale-Up Program Provider, rather than to the awarded educator applicants. On occasion, some STEM Scale-Up programs may require out-of-pocket funds as noted in their descriptions.

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Help Us Evaluate STEM Scale-Up Programs

Once a STEM Scale-Up program has been implemented, all awarded educators are required to participate in assessing the effectiveness of their awarded program with the following:

  • An educator survey to be completed in the Spring of the implementing year; and
  • A student participant list to be completed in the Spring of the implementing year.
  • [Note: Some STEM Scale-Up Program providers may request additional evaluation data.] 
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Tips for Completing an Educator Application

  1. Ensure you have an account in
    1. First-time users will need to set up an account in IowaGrants. See Login Instructions. Note: It can take up to three business days for a new account to be activated.
    2. For additional instructions on starting and finding a funding opportunity, see WebGrants Instructions for Applying for Funding.
  2. Check out the STEM Scale-Up Application Help Guide
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Required Educator Application Materials & Resources

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If you have questions about STEM Scale-Up or the educator application process, contact your Regional STEM Manager.

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