One of the main goals of Iowa NSF EPSCoR was to engage students at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathemetics (STEM). Whether it’s K-12, community college, undergraduate, or graduate students, Iowa NSF EPSCoR involved students in workshops, events, internships, and research where they learned about energy as well as other STEM topics. In addition, Iowa NSF EPSCoR was committed to increasing the participation of under-represented groups in STEM fields, including first-generation students, rural and low-income students, women, and minorities.
Here are a few of the STEM-related programs and events that were sponsored by Iowa NSF EPSCoR.
K-12 Educational Materials
Superhero C6 Educational Package
These materials offer a series of posters, an interactive online game, and promotional materials. Its goal is to teach students about renewable carbon, how it is made into a product, and what kind of business surrounds those biorenewable products. The package will likely continue to grow as teachers and students implement the materials into their classrooms. Learn more
Living with the Sun
The Iowa NSF EPSCoR Building Science team has developed a series of videos teaching energy efficiency concepts for high school physics classes. You can stream or download all four videos in the series. Learn more
Sample of K-12 Student Programs and Events
Black Girls Do Science at UI Inspires Early Interest in STEM
Dozens of minority girls were encouraged to take up an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields during the last month’s “Black Girls Do Science” workshop at the University of Iowa. Learn more
Summer STEM Institute Seeking Researchers to Share Their Stories
Iowa NSF EPSCoR is partnering with the University of Iowa Upward Bound Project this summer to hold a six week institute for high school students interested in science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Learn more
UNI to Host Summer STEM Camps
Iowa kids interested in STEM will have their pick of camps at the University of Northern Iowa this year. Learn more
GETT Program Teaches Girls about Solar Power
The Girls Exploring Trades & Technology (GETT) program was held March 12, 2013. Learn more
CSI Cedar Falls, University of Northern Iowa
Ten students from the Cedar Falls area attended “CSI Cedar Falls” a biotechnology camp organized by University of Northern Iowa in July 2012. This year’s camp was sponsored by Iowa NSF EPSCoR. Learn more
STEM Summer Institute, University of Iowa
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 in Summer 2012. The institute, sponsored by Iowa NSF EPSCoR, 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.