The University of Iowa’s STEM Innovator® professional development program equips educators with the tools needed to partner with business and industry. STEM Innovator® prepares teachers to have their students work in teams employing an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative thinking to solve authentic, community-driven, real-world problems. STEM Innovator® students identify a problem of interest, verify and validate the problem through customer discovery, and establish and implement a solution. STEM Innovator® students gain the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century global economy.

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Secondary teachers engage in extensive professional development, receive mentoring, and expand their networks. Teachers are able to earn up to five University of Iowa graduate credits at a discounted rate, offer college credit to high school students, and access the STEM Innovator Toolkit (curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources).


Professional development opportunities include online training, face-to-face training at the University of Iowa, and custom face-to-face training in your school district or region. STEM Innovator®professional development is a multi-year program, providing each cohort with University of Iowa training and support, as well as access to a network of educators across the country.

Online training

STEM Innovator® Online Professional Development consists of two-hour, weekly sessions. This graduate level program is typically available twice per year to secondary teachers wanting strategies and methods for infusing STEM innovation and entrepreneurship into their curriculum.

Audience: nationwide 
Cost: see opportunities for pricing structure


Teacher professional development

STEM Innovator® Onsite Ed Camp consists of a one-day in-person workshop along with an evening networking event in Iowa City, IA. This graduate level program brings STEM Innovator® teams at various stages of implementation together to collaborate, network, share ideas, and learn from one another to advance their implementation models.

Audience: nationwide (current STEM Innovator® teams)

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During and after completing certification, educators have ongoing access to STEMinars® with national thought leaders in research and the sciences. Many of these sessions are open to the public.

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