Iowa, Minnesota teachers attempt to draw various lessons from printmaking

June 28, 2016

Teachers from Iowa and Minnesota watched intently last week as members of the Lasansky family — Tomas, Charlie, Rory, Heather and Diego — inked intricate prints with a 1970s-era press. The teachers, mostly math and science instructors attending the STEM Innovator program at the University of Iowa, were looking for ways they could incorporate the arts and entrepreneurship into their lessons. Read more online.

UI program explores the science of art

June 22, 2016

A years-long unexpected partnership between a University of Iowa chemist and a family of artists in Iowa City led a training discussion Wednesday for Iowa high school teachers about the intersections between art, science, engineering and technology. Read more online.

STEM Innovator course provides students with real-world puzzles

April 5, 2016

To blend public and private-sector expertise with traditional coursework in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), a new STEM Innovator Business Innovation course was developed at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, which opened in fall 2015. Read more online.

Education, business, engineering colleges help power new Kirkwood Regional Center

October 9, 2015

Kirkwood’s name may get top billing on the sign in front of the community college’s fourth regional center, which formally opened with great fanfare Thursday, but beating in the heart of the 100,000-square-foot building is a strong University of Iowa presence. Read more online.

Davenport West students work on life-saving product

February 5, 2015

After nearly a year of researching, designing, engineering, building, programming and testing, Davenport West High School’s 11-member Endotherm team is close to serving up a final product: a bracelet for children that the students hope will prevent vehicular heat-stroke deaths. Read more online.

Students explore interests through Genius Hour

February 2, 2015

Riem Hassan wants to tackle poverty. Ivan Ramos wants people to stop killing spiders. Demetrious Ramirez wants improved education for American Indians on reservations. Using these interests as springboards, seventh-graders Hassan, Ramos and Ramirez are developing projects during a new activity at South East Junior High called Genius Hour. Read more online.

Entrepreneurship and innovation in the K-12 STEM classroom

December 30, 2014

There's good news and bad news about K-12 education in Iowa. The bad news of from Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education (2011): "Iowa has started slowly slouching toward educational mediocrity." The good news? In response to Duncan's call to action, the Iowa Governor's STEM Council was formed to coordinate reform efforts. Read more online.

UI hosts Innovation Institute: tech, entrepreneurship camp

July 22, 2014

West High junior Michael Abdo is fascinated by science and technology. And someday, the 16-year-old says he will be an engineer. Read more online.