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Awards to Iowa PreK-12 Teachers for Excellence in STEM Education

Iowa STEM Teacher Award


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Funding Source
Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council
Kemin Industries
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/11/22 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Awards to Iowa PreK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of STEM education in the state. The purpose of this program is to honor teachers who are significantly impacting the lives of students by providing excellent curricula, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for STEM both in the classroom and beyond into the future.

Over the next 10 years, the number of STEM-related jobs will increase by 16 percent. It is crucial to Iowa’s economic growth to fill these roles with qualified candidates and it all starts with inspiring students to pursue STEM fields.

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries joined together to honor teachers who are inspiring Iowa’s students to develop a passion for STEM subjects. This award is for teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of students across the state by providing excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future.

Formerly known as The STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching, this award will honor one teacher from each of the six STEM regions for their contribution and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. 


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and students are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the prestigious 2023 Iowa STEM Teacher Award.

Eligible nominees include licensed full-time PreK-12 Iowa STEM teachers in public or non-public schools. For this award, a full-time teacher is defined as an educator who spends at least 75% of their working hours (approximately 30 hours, minimum) in the classroom – both virtually and in-person – interacting with students. Nominations for previous recipients of this award and self-nominations will not be accepted.

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STEM Regions:

Pre-Proposal Conference
All nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, October 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Number of Grants
This award will honor one teacher from each of the six STEM regions.

Estimated Size of Grant
Each awardee receives $1,500, as well as another $1,500 for their classroom.

Contact Information
Nominate online:

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