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Educator Application for Scale-Up Programs

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The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, an initiative created by Governor Terry Branstad, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Vermeer Corporation President and CEO, Mary Andringa, and supported by a bipartisan Iowa legislature, has established the priority of offering STEM programs to the youth of Iowa.  These programs increase interest and achievement in STEM education and prepare Iowa’s future workforce. The process in which this occurs is through the Iowa STEM Scale-Up initiative.

Click here for descriptions of the ten 2014-2015 Scale-Up Programs


The Iowa STEM Advisory Council is seeking STEM educational programs for Scale-Up to be implemented and expanded throughout the state of Iowa by local education agencies (LEAs). The period of these awards will be July 1, 2014-June, 30, 2015.


Local Education Agency or "LEA" is any school (public, private or home school association), a Boy/Girl Scout troop, a 4H Club, library, a childcare organization or any organization that works with youth—formally or informally.
Scale-Up Programs: programs must be “scaleable” to any community in Iowa, regardless of that community's resources or size.  A Scale-Up STEM program must be well established programming that can be sustained beyond initial Advisory Council investment.  A Scale-Up program must be able to adapt to rapid and exponential growth of an organization’s programming and administrative operations.  Providers are expected to have the staffing and capacity necessary to expand their operations from a small number of sites to statewide coverage.
Service Provider: (selected through this Scale-Up Program proposal process) is an independent contractor who agrees to provide related scale-up programming and services to the awarded LEAs as part of the Iowa STEM Scale-Up initiative. Programming may include, but not be limited to, curricula, teacher professional development, kits, materials, equipment, mentor systems, on-line resources and/or educational technology.

Scale-Up Monitoring: Scale-Up awardees are required to help evaluate the program. This means making sure teachers and leaders who conduct the Scale-Up programs in their classroom or out-of-school setting are prepared to do the evaluation activities. Evaluation activities include a 1) Teacher/Leader survey, 2) Student Interest Survey, and 3) Student Participant List. Go to for more information and examples of each.
Process Timeline:
  • February 24 thru May 2, 2014 - applications from LEA for STEM programming are recruited, received and reviewed by the six STEM regions
  • May 19, 2014 – Subaward agreements between Service Providers and Hub institutions begins
  • May 30, 2014 (pending legislation) – LEA programming awards are announced
  • July 1, 2014 (pending legislation) – Scale Up STEM Programming begins 

Real World Externships for Teachers of Mathematics, Science and Technology

To apply to the Externships program, click "Sign Up" on the right hand side of the page and follow the brief steps to create an account. Once signed in, complete the "Real World Externships Application" found under "tasks."

Applications to the Real World Externships program will continue to be accepted as long as opportunities are available. 

For questions about Scale-Up Programs, the online application or Iowa STEM, contact:
Sarah Derry:; 515 271 2403

For questions regarding application troubleshooting or Iowa STEM, contact:
Jacci Linn:; 319 273 2716

For questions about Real World Externships, contact:
Lauren Winter:; 319-273-2959

For technical troubleshooting, contact:
Christine Contant: