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Drake School of Education receives grant for STEM scale up programs

August 1, 2013

Drake University’s School of Education recently received a grant of $523,978 on behalf of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The grant is in support of scaling up exemplary STEM projects throughout Iowa.

Drake University serves as the STEM Hub for the south central region of Iowa, and this is the second year the University has received a grant to support STEM scale up programs. This year’s grant will support nine different programs that will reach over 180 educational groups.

The scale up programs aim to increase student interest and achievement in STEM through providing professional development and programming to K-12 students and educators.

Drake recently named Sarah Derry its regional STEM manager. Derry manages the scale up programs, and helps establish relationships between educators, STEM-related businesses, and economic development groups to promote a STEM-literate workforce in Iowa.

“I enjoy telling people about what great opportunities there are in STEM,” says Derry. “This position allows me to combine my passions of STEM and education and help those who are interested in advancing STEM in Iowa.”

For more information, contact Sarah Derry at sarah.derry@drake.edu or 515-271-2403.

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About the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
Formed in 2011, the Council is a 40-member, public-private partnership dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information, go to www.IowaSTEM.gov.