The World Food Prize Foundation provides Iowa high school students with unique opportunities to explore global issues related to agriculture, natural resources and the environment. Students interested in careers in fields involving STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math) are encouraged to participate in World Food Prize sponsored programs, too.
One of these programs for Iowa high school age students is the annual Iowa Youth Institute, held at Iowa State University each April. This year's all-day session will be held April 14, 2014. The purpose of this program, conducted cooperatively by the World Food Prize Foundation, headquartered in Des Moines, and ISU at Ames, is to inspire the next generation of leaders in the fight against hunger.
Inspiring the next generation of young people to help fight hunger
The Iowa Youth Institute is an exciting day-long event held at ISU, and participating high school students have the opportunity to:
- Present their research papers and recommendations on now to solve key global challenges. They do this by giving a short speech and participating in small group discussions with local experts.
- Connect with other students from across Iowa to share ideas, identify solutions to these global food problems and to build lasting friendships.
- Talk to and interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy.
- Take part in educational sessions and interactive tours on the ISU campus and the nearby ISU research farms to explore current research topics and issues in international development and life sciences.
- Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Iowa who are working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
- Earn scholarships to the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Participants in the Youth Institute are eligible for scholarships to ISU.
Research paper deadline for 2014 participants is March 14
To find out more about writing the research paper, go to the World Food Prize website and look under the youth programs section. For more information about the Iowa Youth Institute and information on how you can attend as an Iowa high school student, visit that same WFP website. For answers to specific questions contact Catherine Swoboda, director of Iowa education programs at the World Food Prize, headquartered in Des Moines. She can be contacted at [email protected].
Iowa STEM Advisory Council announces programs for 2014-15
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is holding 10 scale-up programs for 2014-15. With the top priority of boosting student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math or STEM, the Governor's STEM Advisory Council has approved 10 high-quality STEM education programs for 2014-15 that will be offered to schools, after-school programs and other settings for grades pre-K through 12.
The selected Scale-Up programs are: A World in Motion; The CASE for Agriculture Education in Iowa; Defined STEM; Engineering is Elementary; FIRST Tech Challenge; HyperStream, KidWind Renewable Energy STEM; SCI Pint Size Science; Project Lead The Way—Engineering; and Project Lead The Way—Gateway.
Selected through a national RFP process and multi-level evaluation, these Scale-Up programs were chosen from an outstanding pool of applicants. School districts, nonpublic schools, after-school programs and other active learning communities serving students have the opportunity to apply for these Scale-Up programs beginning Feb. 24, 2014 at the the the STEM Advisory Council website.
Scale-Up programs help provide STEM education to students
"Seeing children actively engaged in STEM in classrooms and afterschool programs across Iowa is what the Council is all about," says Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. "As external evaluation shows a positive impact, the Scale-Up programs will continue to be vital partners in our mission to deliver the best possible STEM education to Iowa students."
In 2012-13 nearly 40,000 students participated in Scale-Up programming across Iowa. That number is expected to exceed 100,000 this school year. Mathematics and science test scores and interest in STEM careers were higher among Scale-Up participants in year one. Data is still being collected on year two. "The feedback from educators and students is encouraging," says Mary Andringa, Vermeer Corporation CEO and Iowa STEM Council co-chair. "When a student says, 'I want to be an engineer or I want to be involved in agriculture or a science-related career,' it's gratifying knowing these programs are feeding the workforce pipeline." To learn about the Scale-Up programs click here.