University of Iowa

College of Education

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.

Weekend Institute for Gifted Students (WINGS)

The Weekend Institute for Gifted Students (WINGS) consists of half day enrichment opportunities for elementary and junior high students (grades 2-8) that take place during the spring semester on The University of Iowa campus. Classes will be budding in science, art, math, writing, computer science, and social studies to cultivate students’ interest and enliven their curiosity!

Tuesday Night STEM Series

The TLC is a comprehensive professional development center and professional learning commons designed to create the next generation of 21st century teachers, leaders, scholars and innovators. The Teacher Leader Center adds value and vitality to the teacher education experience and enhances the marketability of our professional students and scholars through unique programs that are highly relevant to today’s education. The TLC is launching a STEM series for teacher education students.

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.

STEM Innovator - Student 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.

STEM Coordinator's Office

The College of Education STEM Coordinator is working to improve STEM literacy and STEM awareness by connecting the STEM resources in the College of Education to educators, parents, and students. The goal of the STEM coordinator is to help increase awareness of the opportunities that are available in the College of Education and to better link the faculty expertise in the College of Education with people outside the College of Education who could benefit.

Secondary Student Science Training Program

Any student who is currently in 10th-11th grade is eligible to self-nominate for this program, and students do not need to be in a talented and gifted program to nominate themselves. In this program, students conduct scientific research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The University of Iowa Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and the Graduate College all participate in this program.

Science Writing Heuristic (SWH)

The SWH approach is about transforming students’ thinking by transforming the science classroom. With the SWH approach, teachers move away from verification labs and memorization to the kinds of activities, conversations, and writing that real scientists do. Students learn to negotiate meaning both publicly and privately from the results of their work and to argue for their ideas by posing questions, gathering data, and generating claims based on evidence. Critical to this approach is the emphasis on language, both written and oral, through all the negotiation opportunities that are created.

School Outreach Offerings

Faculty in the College of Education are continually looking for opportunities to interact with and provide assistance to local, regional, and state school districts. In the past, faculty have made presentations at schools about various STEM related content areas, worked with students in classrooms on STEM related projects, and helped teachers design STEM related learning experiences.

Professional Development for Educators

The Belin-Blank Center offers a variety of STEM-related professional development opportunities for educators that support their awareness of the STEM potential of many gifted learners. Examples of workshops include: Neuroscientific Implications of Giftedness, Science for High-Ability Students, Math Programming for High-Ability Students, Differentiating Projects with Technology, Programming and Curriculum for High Ability Students: Research Projects.