STEM programs “Scale-Up”

KIMT News 3 – As part of the state’s emphasis on STEM courses, more programs are set to launch this year.

For the third year in a row, students across Iowa will be offered courses for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.

This year 10 programs are offered to schools K-12 and organizers say it’s the best way for students to know these job opportunities are available in their futures.

“Well it’s K-12 and really designed to think about how we can incorporate science, technology, engineering and math and at the same time engaging business partners in the process to think about how we can improve STEM education for our youth,” said Lynne Campbell, North Central Iowa STEM Network Manager.

In 2012-13, nearly 40,000 students participated in Scale-Up programming across Iowa. That number is expected to exceed 100,000 this school year.

“I don’t think kids really understand what STEM careers are today and it’s very different. It can be metal manufacturing that pays great wages and kids don’t know what that type of job is and it kind of has a misconception with it too,” said Campbell.

For a full list of all the programs being offered through STEM this year visit the link below:

http://www.iowastem.gov/2014-2015-stem-scale-programs

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