Join us for continuing education and a roundtable conversation about STEM (Science,Technology,Engineering and Math) and how youth services librarians can support Iowa's children and teens-and their parents-in their learning in these areas. Guest speakers will be Sarah Rosenblum, Director of the Marshalltown Public Library and Deborah Stanton, Director of the Washington Free Public Library. Sarah and Debbie serve as members of Governor Branstad's STEM Advisory Council, whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and a stronger STEM-literate workforce. Sarah is a member of the North Central Hub (Iowa State University), and Debbie a member of the Southeast hub (University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College).
According to a statement from the Governor's office, "A top priority of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council is to help improve learner interest and achievement in STEM areas. To help meet this goal, 12 STEM programs were selected through a competitive process to be "scaled-up," getting great programs into the hands of educators and learners across Iowa." For more information about the 12 programs, see http://www.iowastem.gov/stem-scale-programs-2012-2013#overlay-context.
We will be looking at program grants and how public libraries can participate, as well as ideas for STEM programming in your library. As Debbie says, "STEM programs are no longer just the purview of our schools and higher education facilities. The southeast STEM district's Scale Up Program grant is for all people working with Iowa youth. Although we were very pleased with the number of applicants for this first round of program grants, I personally would love to see more public libraries that are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and math apply."
The program will include an hour and a half of continuing education programming followed by a half hour roundtable discussion.