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ISU STEM Learning Resources

Iowa State University of Science and Technology produces a host of educational outreach opportunities. Some take place on campus, other in locations across the state, still others are available wherever you are, just contact the program to sign up.

Monarchs on the Move

The Monarchs on the Move Challenge is a part of the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE), an annual program that challenges young people to apply critical thinking and STEM skills to a real-world agriculture challenge. Developed by National 4-H Council and Monsanto, the program helps develop critical workforce skills in young people, and demonstrates how agriculture can be fun! This year's activity is the Monarchs on the Move Challenge, created by Iowa State University. More than 5,000 youth across five states will be challenged to learn about monarch butterflies, pollination, and the need to work together to be good stewards of the land.

STEM-Lit to Go!

STEM-Lit to Go! is an innovative program that supports the development of STEM and literacy skills for K-3 youth. This program utilizes a unique instructional framework that integrates inquiry-based STEM activities and carefully selected children’s literature.

Clover Cookie Factory

While the science behind basic ingredients is taught in Cooking Up Science: Clover Cookie Factory, our main goal is to teach the scientific method, with particular focus on developing a hypothesis, testing, and getting a result.

Iowa 4-H and NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium STEAM Academy

Join the new STEAM Academy as we work through a series of online challenges!  Each week we hope to highlight a NASA resource for youth in grades 4-12 that can be done at home.  Watch this page as we continue to add STEAM activities -- and may even have some special guests!  This is a great chance to learn more about science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM) and NASA!  

Science Technology Engineering and Math

If you live in the world today, then you want to explore Science in our Everyday Lives. Science is a way for us to look at and try to understand the world around us. Being scientific involves being curious, observing, asking questions how things happen and learning about how to find answers. There’s science behind what we eat, how we clean, what we do, and how we live. Discover the science, do your own research, and form your own conclusions.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and relevant learning experiences for youth.  STEM teaching and learning engages youth and equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, workplace, community and the global economy.  STEM also helps youth understand and apply math and science content, the foundations for success in many college programs and careers.


InventSTEM is a new Iowa 4-H program for youth in grades 4-12 that encourages youth to engage in the innovation process to solve real-world problems.