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Welcome to Iowa STEM Active Learning!


Who We Are

The STEM Active Learning Initiative is a partnership between the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and the STEM Active Learning Community Partners Work Group of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

What We Do

We are building a system for high-quality STEM opportunities in out-of-school time programs across Iowa.
Our work focuses in four key areas:
  1. Professional Development
  2. Partnerships
  3. Policy
  4. Data

The Overall Goal

Increase the number of opportunities for Iowa youth, families, and adults to participate in high quality, active learning 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 Work Group

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 – Northwest, Southwest, and South Central Regional Managers
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Metro Waste Authority
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • State Hygienic Lab
  • World Food Prize Foundation



Have questions? Please contact Gracie Brandsgard with the Iowa Afterschool Alliance at gbrandsgard@sppg.com.

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This project is funded by STEM Next.