The Iowa STEM Teacher Externship program began in 2009 and to date has facilitated nearly 700 Externships throughout the State of Iowa. This 6-week summer program places teachers in STEM related businesses or organizations with the goal of immersing them into the worksite by solving problems and working on projects proposed by the Externship host. Well over 90% of our teachers have indicated that our program is one of the most valuable professional development experiences of their career and nearly all are significantly more confident in their ability to discuss STEM related careers with their students. Teachers earn a stipend of $5000 and can earn three graduate credits by participating in weekly discussion boards, engaging in professional learning communities, and creating a project or problem-based learning unit that will bring the experience back to their classroom.
August 5, 2021