The Middle School Science Teacher's Academy at Iowa State University is a three-week workshop featuring presentations by Iowa State faculty and staff, hands-on lab activities, and field trips to Iowa’s biorenewables-related research facilities and bio-based industries. Teachers collaborate and develop classroom material to present to their students about biorenewable science and associated careers.
At the first annual All Hands Meeting, industry leaders, legislators, economic development professionals, and faculty and students from across Iowa explored research, innovation and partnerships aimed at establishing Iowa as a leader in the worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. A collaboration of Iowa’s Regent institutions, community colleges and industry, Iowa’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) builds research capacity and increases competitiveness in the State of Iowa through investments in infrastructure and human capital.
Thirty-six 11th and 12th grade Iowa high school students and incoming first-year college students attended a two-and-a-half day science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) summer institute sponsored by Iowa NSF EPSCoR. The institute featured tours of several academic research facilities, providing students direct communication with researchers and the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in science career fields.
During Iowa EPSCoR’s second annual meeting, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered the keynote presentation highlighting Iowa’s accomplishments in science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development.
During Iowa EPSCoR's second annual meeting, a panel discussed the potential challenges and benefits of building collaborative relationships across industries, universities, and community colleges.
Panel members included, Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College; Robin Habeger, academic outreach manager for DuPont Pioneer; Craig Just, assistant professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at University of Iowa; Lisa Lorenzen, executive director of the Iowa State University Research Foundation; and Brent Shanks, professor of the department of chemistry at ISU and director of NSF’s Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals.