Tomorrow’s scientists, engineers, mathematicians, technology leaders and inventors are getting their start in Iowa public schools. A statewide focus is bringing learning to life in public school classrooms–positioning students for success in a vibrant economy.

STEM: Bringing Learning to Life

See how Humboldt Community Schools is sparking interest in STEM careers through robotics clubs and engineering classes.

STEM education matters.

Strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is essential to prepare young people of Iowa for tomorrow’s careers, enhance innovation, and strengthen Iowa’s economy.

STEM jobs are growing at a faster rate than other sectors: 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge.
Workers in STEM occupations command 26% higher wages than non-STEM workers and are less likely to experience joblessness.
88% of Iowans agree or strongly agree that increased focus on STEM education in Iowa will improve the state economy.

Against comparison states, Iowa's gains in STEM-related graduates stand out as outstanding. The growth is well ahead of the national average and ranks first among the benchmark states which averaged 20 percent degree growth since 2009.

Iowa's Re-Envisioned Economic Development Roadmap, 2014

We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher's hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.

David Warlick, educator and author

STEM Fact Sheet

Want to dig deeper into facts and figures about STEM education in Iowa public schools? Download the 2-page fact sheet to learn more about why STEM matters, and facts about STEM in public schools across Iowa.

Download the STEM fact sheet