The Branstad administration’s effort to increase interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math took a step forward this weekend, with the announcement of six “STEM hubs” spread out across the state.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held a press conference Monday morning at the Science Center of Iowa to highlight the hubs, which will serve as regional headquarters for the effort.
Their establishment is the first concrete step taken by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which was formed last fall as a partnership between the state, educational institutions, business and others. The six sites, all located at community colleges or universities, were announced Friday after an application process.
Each will be staffed with a manager who will coordinate efforts, build partnerships, apply for grants and direct programs meant to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering fields.