About STEM Innovator …
STEM Innovator incorporates the best evidenced-based research over the past 25 years in cognitive science, mathematics and science education, entrepreneurship, and business education. STEM Innovator equips teachers and schools with the tools they need to execute the innovation model that works for their communities. It does this by creating a framework for teachers that focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and engagement with community partners. With STEM Innovator, teachers can help all their students succeed by developing the 21st century skills that are essential to thrive in the new economy.
Fosters Business and Education Partnerships
Our hope is that these learning opportunities be available to all K-12 students. Through STEM Innovator, teachers learn strategies to engage students in authentic tasks that resonate and connect their students’ learning in school to the real world. STEM Innovator students learn how their studies tie directly to the needs of the community and are provided with the skills to lead our country in innovation for the next century.
Advancing Innovation-Based Learning
The University of Iowa seeks to be a national leader in promoting and publicly recognizing K-12 students for outstanding achievement in innovation, inventiveness, entrepreneurial mindset and the demonstration of 21st century skills. By connecting talented students, their teachers and STEM professionals, the University’s STEM Innovator program aims to widen the pool of students prepared for entrepreneurship and STEM careers vital to advancing our nation in the global economy.
College Credit for High School Students
The University of Iowa will provide all eligible students with three undergraduate credits at a reduced course fee of $150.
STEM Innovator Teacher Professional Development provides teachers with the qualifications required to offer University of Iowa credit in multiple settings:
• Integrated into existing STEM classes
• Agriculture, Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, Industrial Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science
• Stand-alone classes
• Innovation, Invention, STEM Exploration
• Before-school/after-school/weekend programs
• Robotics, Science Olympiad, Environmental Club, Math Team, Invent Team, independent study/research
Leveraging National Partners’ Expertise
STEM Innovator is forming strong partnerships with national thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship and leveraging their expertise to improve the K-12 educational experience. Doing so helps today’s students gain the skills necessary to succeed in college and the ever-evolving workplace.
These partners include:
The Nation’s Interest in Innovation is Exploding
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