Jordan Menning, educational consultant at Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA), was one of 19 people across Iowa selected to be on the Governor's STEM Council Proposal Review Team to select the 2015-16 program winners for the STEM Scale-Up Grants.
According to the Council's website, the group was formed in July 2011 by Executive Order 74 (and updated in July 2013), the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council is a partnership of business, policy and education leaders from across the state convening to bolster STEM education and innovation and better position Iowa's young people and the state's economy for the future. The Council is co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Vermeer Corporation President and CEO Mary Andringa. The executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is Dr. Jeff Weld. The office is headquartered at the University of Northern Iowa.
"I was very honored to be chosen for the Proposal Review Team," said Menning. "My past experience as a Science teacher and, now, helping lead STEM efforts at Northwest AEA, seems to be a good fit for their team."
"I'm excited to move into the process and work with others across the state, which will allow more STEM opportunities for kids across Iowa," Menning added.
Menning says that, locally, STEM is being implemented at many different levels across northwest Iowa. The goal is to get students excited about STEM fields and help prepare students for future careers and opportunities. Some of the skills STEM focuses on are problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and being innovative. STEM is for all students. Through inquiry learning and solving real world problems, students will be more prepared for the future.
To help achieve these goals and level of education, the Governor's STEM Council has a Northwest STEM Hub to help support schools, teachers and students. Priorities are vast and include an IT Academy, Scale-Up, festivals and events, evaluation and externships for educators, to name a few.