Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has named Drake University a regional network hub that will promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and economic development across Iowa. Branstad made the announcement May 7 at a press conference held at the Science Center of Iowa.
This is the first major initiative of the new Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and a stronger STEM workforce. Each STEM network hub will work with business, education institutions, nonprofit groups and others in their region in a way that best fits local needs, interests and resources. Drake will serve as the south central hub.
Drake is one of six hubs; 13 Iowa institutions and organizations applied to serve as regional STEM network hubs. Drake’s application highlighted the University’s ongoing commitment to STEM initiatives as reflected in its investment in science facilities, increased emphasis on undergraduate research and outreach to K-12 school districts. Drake committed to capitalizing on existing relationships with outside organizations to create a strong STEM advisory council and reaching out to others to lead a strong effort in the region.
For more information on the STEM network hubs and the STEM Advisory Council, visit www.iowastem.gov.