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STEM PROGRAM: Reynolds Says Interest Is High

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Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa has reached a major milestone is it Scale Up program, bringing more math and science programs to Iowa students.

“To be honest, we hoped that we’d receive about 300 applicants and instead we are absolutely amazed by the response. More than 900 requests from all over the state were submitted to the six regional hubs, securing access to STEM programs,” says Reynolds.

The Scale Up programs will spread STEM programs across the state. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The governor’s STEM program found twelve programs from different parts of the state hoping to expand them to other schools.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds says the interest in the Scale Up program was overwhelming and of the 900 applicants, 800 of the request will be fulfilled.

The Executive Director Jeff Weld of the governor’s STEM advisory says the significance of reaching more students with the program, should not be taken lightly.

“Iowans should rest assured that the best STEM thinkers in our state are all over this challenge Delivering, ultimately, world class STEM education opportunities to every child in every community of the state,” says Weld.

Weld says he’s already received calls from educators in other states wanting to know more about Iowa’s STEM plan.

The STEM advisory council plans to follow the progress of the students in the scale-up programs, including tracking their test scores and aptitude in STEM studies.