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2023-24 STEM Scale-Up Programs: Application OPEN

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is currently accepting applications for the 2023-24 STEM Scale-Up Programs.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicant(s) include public and private PreK-12 schools, childcare centers, county conservation offices, libraries, county extension offices, home school associations and other formal and informal youth organizations who deliver STEM education programming for PreK-12 youth. 

 What is the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program and how does it work?

The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council selects high-quality programs and offers them to Iowa educators through the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program. Each year, the STEM Council equips thousands of educators with STEM programs that inspire nearly 100,000 youth. 

Award recipients for the STEM Scale-Up Program will be announced April 7, 2023. If awarded a Scale-Up program, the Iowa STEM Council will pay for training and materials to implement a program. Training for each respective program will begin this summer and implementation will occur in the Fall.  After implementation, the materials will remain with the educational organization to continue the program into future years.


  • January 9 - Application opened
  • February 28 – Deadline to apply for a program
  • April 7 - Awards announced
  • July 1 - Program training and implementation

 Educators may apply for any one of the thirteen Programs being offered below:

  • Codelicious (Grades K-5)
  • Daily Math Fluency Center (Grades K-5)
  • Discover Drones (Grades 7-12)
  • Innovate-IT (Grades 9-12)
  • Ioponics (Grades PreK-12)
  • Iowa Leadership in Engineering Design (Grades K-12)
  • Positive Physics and Chemistry (Grades 8-12)
  • Python for the BBC micro:bit (Grades 6-12)
  • STEM Cart (Grades K-12)
  • STEM Innovator (Grades 6-12)
  • Storytime STEM-packs (Grades (PreK-2)
  • Tiny Techies (Grades PreK-2)
  • WaterWorks (Grades PreK-2)

Here is a link to the Fact Sheets for the 2023-2024 STEM Scale-Up Programs.


To learn more

  1. Between now and the application deadline there will be a number of informational webinars specific to programs. For a listing, visit,
  2. For information pertaining to standards, visit
  3. For further information on the application process, visit


If you have questions pertaining to a program or the application process, please feel free to call me at 319-273-7397 or email me at


Jason Martin-Hiner

School Improvement Facilitator

Bev Berns

School Improvement Facilitator