Welcome to Iowa STEM Active Learning!

What We Do

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with the STEM Active Learning Community Partners Committee of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, is building a system for high-quality STEM opportunities in out-of-school time programs across Iowa. Resources and communication will be distributed across Iowa to build a statewide system for STEM Active Learning After School. Additionally, we are working with a few pilot sites and providing intensive technical assistance and one-on-one's in order to build a model that can also be replicated statewide in the future.

The Overall Goal

  • Substantially increase the number of opportunities for Iowa youth, families, and adults to participate in high quality, active learning (informal) STEM outside of the traditional school day.

Active Learning STEM is Important

  • While STEM is important during the school day, it is also important outside of school. 95 percent of every person’s life takes place outside the formal school setting.
  • Out-of-school time programs are an important vehicle for student engagement and increased student interest in STEM.
  • A strong infrastructure currently does not exist for active learning STEM, and filling this gap is necessary for sustaining state and local efforts to increase opportunities and interest in STEM.

STEM Active Learning Community Partners Committee

The STEM Active Learning Community Partners are practice experts and crucial partners for active learning STEM in afterschool across Iowa programs and include the following organizations:
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Iowa Academy of Science
  • Iowa Afterschool Alliance
  • Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
  • Iowa Children’s Museum
  • Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council – Southwest and South Central Regional Managers
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Kuemper Catholic
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • State Hygienic Lab
  • World Food Prize Foundation

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If you have questions about the Iowa STEM Active Learning System Building Initiative, please contact Gracie Brandsgard at gbrandsgard@sppg.com.

Gracie Brandsgard
Program Manager | Iowa Afterschool Alliance
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This project is funded by STEM Next.