The University of Iowa



University of Iowa Health Care STEM Education.

University of Iowa Health Care STEM Education programs are designed for students in grades K-12 with the intent to inspire appreciation and excitement for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as the foundation for understanding our own health and uncovering the next generation of healthcare professionals.


Engineer Your World

Engineer Your World (EYW) is an innovative, student-centered curriculum that engages learners in authentic engineering experiences and inspires them to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind. Collaborative, student-directed projects build resilient problem-solving skills and empower students to think like engineers, to adopt engineering processes, and to pursue engineering disciplines for the betterment of our world.


The Femineer® Program is a teacher training program that was created and funded by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering in 2013 to inspire young women to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The program provides 6-12th grade students with project-based learning, women in engineering undergraduate student mentors, and opportunities to visit the University of Iowa. The University of Iowa is the first affiliate university outside of California.

Project Hope

Project HOPE (Healthcare Occupations Preparation and Exploration) is a STEM-based curricular intervention that integrates academic and vocational opportunities designed to connect minority and low socioeconomic middle school students to the health science professions early in their education. HOPE addresses the critical national need to increase diversity in the American healthcare workforce. Project Hope participants routinely visit the College of Pharmacy and take part in pharmacy-related hands-on lab experiences.

Southeast Iowa STEM Hub – Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

The Southeast Iowa STEM Hub is a collaborative effort between The University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College utilizing the strengths from both institutions to help expand STEM to the communities we serve. The Hub is also a partnership of educators, companies, elected officials and Iowa students and families addressing policies and programs designed to improve SE Iowa’s economic development and educational system focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Latham Science Engagement Initiative

The Latham Science Engagement Initiative and Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Robert J. and Sue B. Latham, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program enhances research opportunities for selected undergraduate students. Latham Fellows take courses in science communication and design and implement a project in the broader community.

Computer Science Speaker's Bureau

The Department of Computer Science speakers bureau comprises faculty in the department who present their work to K-12 students. The goal is to provide a single point of contact to set up faculty talks from the department. The department also provides a list of possible talk topics.

STEM Innovator - Teacher Innovation Institute

STEM Innovator is a model for engaging schools in innovation and entrepreneurship through a community-driven, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning framed in a STEM context. Teams of students partner with STEM industry experts to develop solutions to problems of student and community interest. The approach has been implemented in 34 Iowa high schools. The STEM Innovator Teacher Innovation Institute is a professional development program that assists school teams to develop new ways of teaching STEM Innovation and entrepreneurship.