Competition for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is Now Open!

PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for K-12th grade mathematics and science teachers. The 2015 awards will honor up to 108 7th – 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers. In 2016, awards will recognize K-6th grade teachers.

To nominate a teacher, go to the program website (http://www.paemst.org/) and click on “Nominate a Teacher.” Completing a nomination form takes only a couple of minutes. You only need a teacher’s contact information to complete the form. It’s just that simple!

Awardees receive a citation from the President, $10,000 from NSF, and trip to Washington DC for recognition ceremonies. The website also has a link that allows you to search for past awardees in your home state! Nominations close April 1, 2015 but please don’t delay. Give your nominated teachers as much time as possible to complete a competitive application.

STEM Award

Do you know a great STEM teacher?  Nominate them today!  The STEM Education Award is dedicated to honoring one teacher from each of the six Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Regions for their contribution and dedication to STEM in Iowa.  Each winner will receive a $1,500 award and $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

Click here to nominate your teacher between October 22, 2014 and December 12, 2014.

Click here for a map of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Regions

 

FIRST LEGO League Grants for 2014 Season Now Live!

Through gracious support of FIRST programs in Iowa, John Deere and Rockwell Collins are offering team grants for FLL and Jr.FLL for the coming season. Please check it out and consider starting a team this season!

Rockwell Collins FIRST Grant Application: http://www.rockwellcollins.com/Our_Company/Corporate_Responsibility/Community_Overview/FIRST/FIRST_Grants.aspx (check it out on the right side of the page).

Applications are now being accepted for John Deere FLL. Grants for Jr.FLL will begin July 28, 2014 and FRC grants begin on September 28, 2014. Find the application here:  www.JohnDeere.com/Inspire. Please note that team grants should be approved prior to the team registering for FIRST. Questions about John Deere FIRST grants should be directed to rfalkenburg@usfirst.org or by phone at 603-206-2057.

 

 

 

 

 

We’re on the Move

Due to a relocation on campus of our program during summer 2014, our camp offerings will be reduced for the summer. We will be partnering with Extension & Outreach, as well as the Putnam Museum in Davenport to offer STEM-related camps off-campus for this year. We encourage you to reach out to those entities to determine options for your student.

Please know that we will plan to offer a full menu of camps during summer 2015, once we are established in our new location. We appreciate your interest in our camps and related programming and encourage you to contact your local Extension & Outreach office, as well as other community STEM-related programs and ISU through the university website at ispy.iastate.edu to learn of other STEM camp offerings. Thank you for your patience as we relocate.

Watch the 2013 Iowa FLL Championship Matches Live!

Can’t make it to Ames, but want to be part of the excitement?  3-2-1…LEGO!  Watch the robot competition matches live by clicking here!

Hundreds of Students to Scream for Their LEGO Robots; Compete for Iowa FLL Championship – 01.18.14

Iowa State University’s Howe Hall, along with several other buildings in the College of Engineering, turn into a stadium during the annual Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship that will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014.  Read more about the event and one team’s season, here.

Iowa FLL Championship – 01.18.14

2013_FIRST_FLL_St LouisSeventy-two Iowa FIRST LEGO League teams are set to converge on the campus of Iowa State University to show off their team’s accomplishments in teamwork, robot design, project research, and innovative solutions on Saturday, January 18, 2014 for the Iowa FLL Championship event.

For a complete event schedule, including outreach activities and the Jr.FLL Expo schedule, click here.  The event is free and open to the public.

Can’t make it, but want to check it out?  The 2013 Iowa FLL Championship robot competition matches will be streamed live again this year!  Check it out on tournament day by clicking here.

For more information about the championship event and FIRST LEGO League, click here.

Distinguished STEM Educators Wanted

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2014-15 fellowship year. The Einstein Fellowship seeks experienced and distinguished K 12 educators in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve an 11-month fellowship appointment in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office.  Applications are due 12.04.13.

For more information, click here.

Spencer Kidnetic Energy Jr. FIRST LEGO League Team Featured

1974595-L Spencer Kidnetic Energy 4-H Jr. FIRST LEGO League Team showcases Disaster Blaster project, impresses judges with communication skills

Jr.FLL team members in the Spencer Kidnetic Energy 4-H Club recently showcased the information they’ve learned about natural disasters through the Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) program.  Local judges listened to the members as they explained their team project, designed with a focus on natural disaster prevention and rescue.

“For me, the defining moment was listening to the children articulate very clearly what they had learned as far as collaboration, problem-solving, and thinking,” said Kari Webb, Northwest Iowa STEM regional manager and Jr.FLL showcase judge. “The skills gap that many employers in Iowa identify is students that have the initiative to see a problem and fix it; to work for a positive solution when a problem arises. A program like (FIRST) LEGO League is used to help develop those skills at a really young age.”

Jr.FLL is a FIRST program for kids ages 6-9 that introduces children to the worlds of science and technology.  Each season, teams research and design a project around a real-world theme.  The 2013 theme is Disaster Blaster.

To read the full article in the Spencer Daily Reporter, click here.  To learn more about Jr.FLL and other FIRST programs, click here.

Has your Jr.FLL or FLL team been featured, or know of a cool FIRST story?  E-mail us at fll@iastate.edu!

Exciting Opportunity to Learn More about Nature’s Fury!

Check it out!  The Difficult Quest to Unravel the Secrets of the Tornado

November 18 – 7 p.m. – Great Hall, Memorial Union – Iowa State University

Bill Gallus has always been obsessed with the weather.  His fascination evolved from a weather diary as a first grader to researching severe storms as an Iowa State University meteorology professor and storm chaser.  Gallus was also on the team that pioneered development of Iowa State’s tornado simulator, the first of its kind to create a moving tornado large enough to simulate the effects of a twister on different types of structures!