FAQ

What is STEM? 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The term "STEM education" generally refers to teaching and learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and encompasses educational activities from early childhood to postsecondary education. This site follows the guidelines of the National Science Foundation on what constitutes STEM subjects in research and education

What are Iowa’s STEM regions?

As part of their statewide STEM initiative, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council divided the state into six STEM regions – Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Southwest, South Central, and Southeast. Each area is led by a regional STEM manager who works from a partner university or community college located in the region. The findSTEMIowa.org website aims to identify and include STEM-related content relevant to all Iowans statewide, both within and across Iowa’s six STEM regions. Learn more about Iowa’s STEM regions at the Governor's STEM Advisory Council website.

How do I submit a STEM program or event?

Submit a STEM program via the Submit a Program form. STEM Events in Iowa can be submitted at the Submit an Event form.

How is this site supported?

Site development support was provided by the National Science Foundation (Award No. DRL-1238211). The grant was awarded through the Research Evaluation Technical Assistance arm of the National Science Foundation's Math-Science Partnership program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The website is one component in a project that aims to develop a statewide STEM evaluation model to comprehensively assess the educational and economic changes that occur throughout long-term statewide STEM initiatives.

Who maintains this website?

This site is maintained by staff at the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa.

Content is added as we become aware of STEM-related information, resources, and opportunities for Iowans, and through user-generated submissions. New content can be sent to us at the Submit a Resource or Submit a Program forms.