Scale-Up Program Information

Scale-Up Program Overview

Through a rigorous review process, the STEM Council selected nine programs to be offered on the STEM Scale-Up Program menu to provide high-quality STEM education offerings to schools, afterschool programs and other settings for grades pre-K through 12.

These programs range from building robots and coding programs to conducting agricultural field experiences and learning about STEM careers. All went through a rigorous review process at both the national and state level, demonstrating an appeal to diverse youth, success in improving academic performance, evidence of integrating STEM concepts, development of school-business-community partnerships and sustainability beyond STEM Council financial support.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Scale-Up Awardees!

2019-2020 STEM Scale-Up Program Menu

 

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) – Food Science and Safety
Description: Stimulate actual concepts and situations found in the food science and safety industry. This course offers hands-on activities, projects and problems in areas of food safety, chemistry, processing, product development and marketing.
Grade Level: 9-12
Contact: Joshua Remington, Iowa FFA Foundation, joshua.remington@iowaffafoundation.org
For more information: https://www.case4learning.org/index.php/curriculum/case-courses/food-sci...

Computer Science Discoveries
Description: Inspire students as they build their own websites, apps, games and physical computing devices. This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS and data.
Grade Level: 6-10
Contact: Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo, samantha@newbo.co
For more information: https://newbo.co/code-org-partnership/

Computer Science Fundamentals
Description: Foster equity and diversity in the classroom, breaking down barriers and stereotypes around computer science. This course is designed to be flexible for the classroom.
Grade Level: K-5
Contact: Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo, samantha@newbo.co
For more information: https://newbo.co/code-org-partnership/

Computer Science Principles
Description: Introduce students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenge them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. This course is a rigorous, engaging and approachable exploration of the foundational ideas of computing.
Grade Level: 9-12
Contact: Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo, samantha@newbo.co
For more information: https://newbo.co/code-org-partnership/

Engineer Your World
Description: Engage learners in collaborative, student-directed projects that build creative problem-solving and engineering design skills. This course is designed to teach the value of collaborating to solve complex, modern problems and create a strong foundation for future STEM learning.
Grade Level: 9-12
Contact: Cheryl Farmer, University of Texas at Austin, cheryl.farmer@mail.utexas.edu
For more information: http://engineeryourworld.org/

Light and Shadow
Description: Create new and worthwhile ideas while exploring light to create shadows through creativity and innovation. This course encourages teachers to re-envision their classroom, routines and schedules to optimize students’ learning.
Grade Level: PreK-52
Contact: Beth VanMeeteren, University of Northern Iowa, beth.vanmeeteren@uni.edu
For more information: https://regentsctr.uni.edu/

Making STEM Connections
Description:
Engage students through making and tinkering and build conceptual understanding around academic content. This course is designed to empower teachers to cultivate engaging, purposeful and successful extensions of already developed curriculum.
Grade Level: K-8
Contact: Jolie Pelds, Science Center of Iowa, jolie.pelds@sciowa.org
For more information: https://www.sciowa.org/scaleup

Pint Size Science
Description: Engage and inspire young minds to explore scientific phenomena. This course is designed to build science understanding and respond to the ever changing interests and abilities of children.
Grade Level: PreK-K
Contact: Jolie Pelds, Science Center of Iowa, jolie.pelds@sciowa.org
For more information: https://www.sciowa.org/scaleup

STEM in Action
Description: Incorporate three-dimensional learning with an emphasis on authentic hands-on, problem-based learning. This course follows the Engineering Design Process of defining the problem, planning solutions, making a prototype, reflecting, communicating results and redesigning.
Grade Level: PreK-5
Contact: Karen Achtemeier, National STEM Business Development Manager, kachtemeier@hand2mind.com
For more information: https://www.hand2mind.com/brands/stem-in-action

STEM Innovator 
Description:
Transform the classroom into incubator spaces where student teams solve real-world problems alongside industry mentors. This course prepares students with the skills and mindset to persist in STEM education, pursue STEM careers and become innovators of the future.
Grade Level: 6-12
Contact: Leslie Flynn, University of Iowa, leslie-flynn@uiowa.edu
For more information: https://jacobsoninstitute.org/STEM-Innovator