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STEM gets to ‘root’ of improving student learning

Gov. Culver with Extension staff

Southeast Iowa is using STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- to get to the “root” of improving student learning. And it’s working. More than 200 students participated in this summer’s STEM program that ISU Extension implemented in Iowa, Johnson and Linn counties. Gov. Chet Culver observed their learning and their fun at a wrap-up event Aug. 1, when he announced a $200,000 one-year grant from the Iowa Department of Education that will help develop a model for improving student learning through STEM programs and activities.

The six-week summer session for youth ages 6 to 12 aimed to increase kids’ understanding of technology in everyday life, enhance and apply their knowledge in engineering and technology through hands-on experiments and increase awareness about career opportunities in these fields. ISU Extension implemented the session with program support from local businesses, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, school districts, University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. Financial support came from the Carver Foundation and the Grow Iowa Fund.

Pictured from left to right are Lois Hunt, ISU Extension education director for Southeast Iowa, Gov. Culver and ISU Extension staff Janet Martin, Linda Bigley and Gene Mohling. For more information contact Lois Hunt,

This article appeared in August 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter