Some conversations at the 10th Future Ready Iowa Summit, held on Sept. 16, dialed in on the T in STEM. One breakout session had a panel discuss what employers need from K-12 schools to recruit and retain their technology workforces. Tyler Wyngarden, vice president of development at the Technology Association of Iowa, sat on the […]

Fall enrollment numbers showed nearly 60% of Iowa State students are majoring in a STEM field and enrollment of new first-year students rose by 6% despite an overall enrollment decrease for the university. “Students are eager to embrace Iowa State’s innovative mindset and enhance their classroom learning with undergraduate research, learning communities and many experiential […]

The Harkin Institute hosted its annual Summit on Disability Employment on Aug. 19 in Ankeny, where businesses and disability service providers participated in conversations discussing how to ensure people with disabilities are included and valued in companies’ workforces, the resources available and how to translate conversations into action. In past years the summit took place internationally, but […]

The 2021 Future Ready Iowa Summit is titled “Transforming Education for the Workforce” and will connect educators and employers from across the state with the goal of increasing work-based learning as well as computer science and STEM education. Emily Calandrelli, a STEM advocate and co-executive producer of Netflix’s “Emily’s Wonder Labs,” will be the keynote speaker, and […]

Edtech startups evolve through COVID-19 to reach students, teachers Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Yen Verhoeven, CEO of the STEM learning startup Qi Learning Group, saw the workload increase overnight for teachers her company supports with professional development training. It was not just that teachers had to redesign their curriculum in days and weeks from […]

An Iowa neuroscientist steps up to advance progress on treatment for neurological disorders The human brain lives its days in milliseconds. In 1,000 milliseconds — one second — we may blink or feel our heart beat once. In that same second, our brains send one or more signals from each of about 100 billion neurons […]

Hongwei Zhang and other researchers installed hardware at the Iowa State University’s Research Park for CyNet, an advanced wireless networking system that’s a predecessor to the new ARA rural broadband project. Photo provided A $16 million rural broadband research project will cover nearly 40 miles of rural communities and farmland, researchers told state and industry […]

A $10,000 Bayer Fund grant will support the Science Center of Iowa’s new program Making Tech Connections, a professional development program for educators teaching students employment skills in computing, algorithms and programming. Making Tech Connections will also show educators how to incorporate liberal arts competencies into STEM education. In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than […]

Applications are now open to take part in the first class of the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute, a five-month program designed by the Technology Association of Iowa to provide business and leadership education to technical employees seeking to climb the professional ladder in Iowa’s technology community. The first cohort’s programming will focus on the soft skills […]

The Iowa State University Startup Factory announced nine new cohort companies for the 2021 program. Cohort X entrepreneurs are Ruben Aria (company unnamed), Jared Dopp (Frugi Biotechnology), Allison Hockey (Lineage Mapper), Nacu Hernandez, Baker Kuehl and Austin Homann (MacroLei Technologies), Nathaniel Kallmyer (Zymosense), Katherine Richardson Bruna (Mosquitoes & Me), Aaron Rosenberg (Rosenberg Solutions), Shan Jiang, […]