Lowthorp Joins STEM Advisory Board


The Governor Is Calling

Heidi Lowthorp of Sidney recently accepted a Governor’s appointment to the Southwest STEM Advisory Board.  Her appointment to the 14-member advisory board began in July 2014. 
Lowthorp brings to the board a unique blend of educational interests in Fremont County.  She has served on the Sidney Community School Board for more than 10 years, volunteers at various school youth programs such as Music Alliance and TeamMates, has been active in the local Girl Scouts and 4-H programs, and works for ISU Extension & Outreach-Fremont County.
In her professional world, Lowthorp is the parent educator with Growing Strong Families, a parent education and child development program for young families in Fremont County sponsored by ISUEO.   She recently began duties as the County Youth Coordinator who not only works with 4-H programs, but other Extension programs through the schools, child care centers and healthy initiatives.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

“I am honored to have been asked to serve on this board,” Lowthorp said.  “I have always been interested in the sciences and hope to create more awareness for STEM activities.”
Part of Lowthorp’s duties on the board will be to increase public awareness about STEM and increase participation in Fremont County for STEM events and programs in the schools, public and Extension.
Lowthorp recently received a Pint-Size Science grant from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for programming with the preschool age population in Fremont County.  She plans to use the information from the grant to provide early childhood science programs through Growing Strong Families and possibly in the Fremont County preschools and daycare center.

What is the STEM Advisory Board?

Established in July 2011 by executive order, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership focused on increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and promoting STEM economic development
The council and regional advisory boards, work 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.
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds chairs the 45-member Council.  Deb Frazee with Southwestern Community College is the Southwest Iowa Regional STEM Manager.
At the recent advisory board meeting Aug. 1, Dr. Alan Ladd, also with ISU Extension and Outreach, serving Region 17 counties, was elected as the board’s chairman.
For more information, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov, or contact Frazee at 641-782-1520.

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