STEM Community Conversation Set for Nov. 16 in Ames

AMES, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen will hold a community conversation featuring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and economic development in Ames on Nov. 16 at Reiman Gardens. The Ames conversation is one of a series taking place across Iowa this fall.

The Ames event is open to the public. All parents, grandparents, educators, business and civic leaders, legislators and other Iowans are invited to attend the town hall style meeting scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Garden Room, Reiman Gardens in Ames.

“We’d like anyone interested in STEM education to attend this event,” said Lynne Campbell, North Central STEM network manager at Iowa State University. “This is an opportunity to foster STEM relationships between local businesses, the regional STEM network and area schools and for us to showcase local STEM projects."

The community conversations are designed to seek feedback from Iowans about what priorities the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council should focus on as the STEM initiative continues to build across Iowa.

“We are determined to provide Iowa’s young people with engaging STEM education opportunities, no matter where they live,” said Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “That will help assure more students are well equipped to be knowledgeable citizens and to someday begin college or career training prepared for success. It also will help assure a stronger STEM employee pipeline for Iowa’s businesses and industries.”

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and a stronger STEM workforce.