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News Release

For Immediate Release
Aug. 31, 2012

Grant Wood AEA
Communications Office

STEM Scale-Up Program applications due Sept. 14

The Corridor STEM Initiative (CSI) – Engineering is Elementary (EiE) component selected as one of 12 Iowa STEM Scale-Up Programs for 2012-2013



The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council announced a call for applications to participate in the STEM Scale-Up programs for 2012-2013. School teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals and other organizations delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) educational programs can apply to bring one or more of 12 specially selected programs into a club or classroom this fall.


The Corridor STEM Initiative (CSI) – Engineering is Elementary (EiE) component was selected as one of the 12 Iowa STEM Scale-Up Programs. CSI intends to increase the number of Iowa students that enter and succeed in the Iowa workforce by engaging students in exciting, inquiry-based, hands-on STEM programs that extend the classroom learning experiences.

Grant Wood AEA's contact is Jim Thornton. Visit the website for more information,, or view the Scale-Up Project: CSI After School Video at


Thornton explained, "The CSI After-School Program has been recognized as one of the top 12 STEM programs in the State of Iowa. The selection affords teachers and after-school programs the opportunity to take training on how to most effectively instruct students, using EiE kits, in STEM after-school settings. Students from across the state will have an extended STEM learning opportunity that employs fun, exciting, hands-on activities."


GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier has been appointed to the STEM Advisory Council Regional Board – Southeast Regional. The Southeast Hub is supported by Kirkwood Community College and the University of Iowa.


Crozier said, "As a member of the Southeast Iowa STEM Hub Advisory Council, I would strongly encourage teachers to make application for the CSI Engineering is Elementary  (EiE) program for students in the Grant Wood AEA service area, and to consider the other STEM Scale-Up programs. This is a unique opportunity for educators to provide STEM experiences for students in southeast Iowa."

Learn more about the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Programs at


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