STEM Advisory Council plans public meeting

Staff Writer
Perry Chief

The Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council will convene for its 13th all-member meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Lennox Industries in Marshalltown, 200 S. 12th Ave. The meeting is open to the public and to the media.

The STEM Council will open with a facilitated discussion around the 201415 Iowa STEM Evaluation Report released in August. During lunch, the Working Groups will provide an update on the progress of their recommendations for the roles of computer science, counselor engagement and STEM volunteerism. The meeting will also feature local students showcasing their STEM activities before nine education and industry leaders from across the state take part in a panel to discuss how to sustain and grow Iowa STEM foundation. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council, will open and close the meeting.

The agenda is as follows:

11:30 a.m. — Welcoming remarks from Lennox Industries

11:40 a.m. — Opening remarks from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair

11:45 a.m. — 2014-2015 Iowa STEM Evaluation, facilitated discussion by representatives from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

12:30 p.m. — Lunch: Working Groups recommendations update on computer science, counselor engagement and STEM volunteerism.

12:50 p.m. — STEM Council FYI

Iowa National Governors Association Policy Academy — Doug Hoelscher, State of Iowa

Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force — Jeremy Varner, Iowa Department of Education

1:15 p.m. — Student STEM Showcase

1:45 p.m. == Panel: How to sustain and grow Iowa STEM Foundation?

3:00 p.m. — Meeting Closure from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

3:20 p.m. — Tour: Lennox Industries

About the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Established in July 2011 via Governor’s Executive Order, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership of educators, companies, and Iowa students and families addressing policies and programs designed to improve Iowa’s educational system focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM Council works to engage and prepare students for a career-ready workforce path, regain our State’s historic leadership position in education and provide a vital competitive economic advantage now, and for the future, to ensure that every Iowa student has access to world-class STEM education opportunities. The 47-member Council is chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson. For more information, visit

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