STEM in Motion

June 10-16, 2025
Iceland

STEM in Motion is a program geared towards 9-12 grade students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This opportunity incorporates travel with educational opportunities to interact in a real-world setting and career-oriented pathways.

Students will also get the opportunity to gain 3-college credit in science for going on the trip and completing coursework upon return. College credit is offered through George Mason University.

Who should apply?

  • Youth in grades 9, 10, or 11, or 12
  • Youth who are interested in STEM or STEM careers.
  • Youth who are willing to learn, be hands on, and problem solve

How to Apply

  • Youth will apply through the Worldstrides link to our trip.
    • Trip ID is 215107
    • Or call 800-468-5899 to register
  • It is a simple, easy process with only a $115 down payment for the trip.

General Trip Information

  • Everything will be provided through a travel company, Worldstrides.
  • Everything is included in the price of the trip except tips and souvenirs.
  • Transportation to and from the Des Moines airport will be the member’s responsibility.
  • Two adult chaperones will be selected to attend the STEM in Motion trip with the Iowa delegation. These two adult chaperones are usually state staff members of the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program.

Financial Information

  • The estimated value of this opportunity is over $5,500 per delegate. Remember this price includes everything except tipping and souvenirs. Airfare, hotels, bus transportation, all activities, three meals per day and the cost of a college credit.
  • There is a 5% Military family discount
  • There is also a program called FLAG, which is a financial assistance program through Worldstrides you can call and apply for.
  • Payment set up is made easy by Worldstrides, call their financial department and they will help you set up easy payments that can continue up to 6 months after returning home from the trip.  
  • It is recommended that each delegate bring approximately $125 in spending money. This money could be used for snacks, souvenirs, and tips.
  • Each delegate should bring one “locally relevant” gift item for inclusion in the STEM in Motion gift basket for our tour guide. Small items that can be brought on a plane safely without concern for breakage are ideal.

Sample Trip Itineary - included but not limited to

  • The Great Geysir – Although the Great Geysir is no longer active, the area around it is still very active and has unique geothermal sites, including many hot springs. You’ll also see Strokkur, a nearby geyser that erupts about every 10 minutes.
  • Vik/Dyrholaey and Reynisfjara Beach – Stroll along the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara Beach. See basalt columns that wall off surrounding cave-filled cliffs. From the beach, you can see Reynisdrangar pillars that rise from the sea-legend says they were trolls turned to rock by the sun.
  • Kerid Crater Lake – Check out an amazing 3,000-year-old volcanic crater lake, one of many in Iceland’s Western Volcanic Zone. The stone rim around the lake, known as the caldera, is red in color, and provides a stunning backdrop for photos.
  • Golden Circle – See all four ancient forces in action – fire, water, earth, and air! The Golden Circle demonstrates the power that nature can have and the tranquility and beauty it creates.
  • Blue Lagoon – Explore the Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature in the middle of a black lava field. Take a dip in the famous waters and feel invigorated by the natural beauty around you. This is the perfect ending to your Icelandic adventure!
  • Gullfoss Waterfall – See another example of Iceland’s beautiful natural resources as you explore Gullfoss waterfall. The rushing water drops into a canyon 250-feet deep, and the site is protected by Iceland’s government.
  • Eyjafjallajokull Volcano – You may get your first glimpse of this famous volcano long before you reach it. In April of 2010, this volcano erupted for 6 days, covering Iceland in a cloud of ash, and capturing the world’s attention.
  • Solheimajookull Glacier - Do you know what a glacier really looks like? Walk right up to Solheimajookull Glacier, which is the southwest snout, or terminus, of the Myrdalsjokull icecap and gaze at the magnificent blue hues that run throughout.

 

Alexa Groff
agroff@iastate.edu
515-294-8848