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Welcome to the Science and STEAM Blog! Here, you will find ideas to inspire your Next Generation Science Standards implementation as well as STEAM connections for the classroom. We will also showcase student events happening in the Keystone area and, of course, professional development opportunities!




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December 2022



Dates and locations: 

  • March 7, 2023 - Calmar
  • March 9, 2023 - Peosta

Time: 9-3pm

Learn more about the science fair and requirements for presentations.

LINK TO Informational PACKET

Eligibility:  Students in grades 4-8 in the Keystone AEA 1/NICC region are eligible to exhibit at the Science and Engineering Fair in either the 4-5 division or the 6-8 division. Exhibits may only be shown by the individual who performed the work. Both individual and team/group (2 to 3 people) exhibits are permitted.

Registration DEADLINE: February 28th, 2023 

To complete the registration form, you will need the following information:

  • Name of school and teacher
  • Title of project
  • Names of project participants and grade level

Submit registration form(s) by February 28th using this link

Questions? Contact  Jason Martin-Hiner, Keystone AEA 1 - Elkader, (800) 632-5918, Ext. 1455


Iowa Science Learning Community

We will start meeting again to learn about strategies that help implement Iowa’s Science Standards, share and hear about real-world examples from Iowa classrooms, and collaborate with educators from across the state.  All sessions will take place from 4:00-5:30 pm via Zoom.

This year’s problem of practice will be centered around how actionable feedback can help with student sensemaking.

  • Session 2 (Tuesday, Dec 6th): How can feedback be used as part of the learning process?

  • Session 3 (Tuesday, Jan 31st): How can we give actionable feedback to all students in an efficient way?

  • Session 4 (Tuesday, Feb 21st): How can we give and receive actionable feedback as teaching professionals?

Please complete this short Google form to register for the virtual sessions and to receive related resources.  Visit the ISLC website for archived sessions and resources.

Engaging Students in the Sensemaking Practices Book Study 

*** Register by December 13th! ***

Course: # 204469 KS- Engaging Students in the Sensemaking Practices

Credit available: 1 licensure renewal credit

Dates: If you register now, Session 1 will be video-based make-up work

  • Session 2: December 13, 2022 -- 4-5:30 pm
  • Session 3: January 5, 2023 -- 4-5:30 pm
  • Session 4: January 31, 2023 -- 4-5:30 pm
  • Session 5: February 14, 2023 -- 4-5:30 pm

Audience: K-12 Educators

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration Link

Exploring Scientific Concepts with Children's Literature Book Study

Learn more about the course in the graphic below:

Registration link

Iowa Youth Institute for the World Food Prize

The Iowa Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Iowa State University where high school students engage with leading experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Iowa and around the world. REGISTRATION OPENS  Feb. 1 - Mar. 31, 2023  DATE OF EVENT April 24, 2023

Iowa Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is nationwide competition. Students compete in 23 events that include earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Science Olympiad is designed to increase a student’s interest in STEM fields and provide recognition for outstanding achievement in team events. Students compete in Science Olympiad with the top teams advancing from State to National levels. The IASO tournament will run 25 events with 23 creating your final team score. The State Tournament will be held April 1st, 2023 at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.



Jason Martin-Hiner

School Improvement Facilitator

Bev Berns

School Improvement Facilitator