Governor, Lt. Governor Highlight STEM Progress

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branstadDES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad, and Lieut. Gov. Kim Reynolds used their weekly news conference to focus on three years of the STEM initiative in Iowa.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The governor said there are were over 3,000 classrooms, involving more than 100,000 students taking part in the initiative in the previous school year.

“Every one of the STEM programs rolled out to educators across Iowa this past year has met or exceeded its objective of inspiring greater interest in STEM among students. That’s important because facts show that STEM careers pay, on average, $10 more per hour than non-STEM jobs, translating to average incomes of $58,800 versus $39,300 for all occupations,” Branstad said.