Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST)
An alarming report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" by the National Academy of Sciences, provides evidence that math and science must become a priority in our schools. The report states that America faces a serious and intensifying challenge relative to our future competitiveness and standard of living.
Some of the findings of the report include:
By combining the strengths of area business, government, educators, and parents, CSI will be a model for others in bringing achievable ideas to realization and be a force in meeting the challenge of global competition.
Sponsor of CSI, the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) identifies, recruits, prepares and supports the best mathematics and science instructors in the nation.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition, an alliance of more than 500 business, professional, and education organizations, represents the broadest and most unified voice in advocating for policies to improve STEM education at all levels.
Iowa's STEM Education Roadmap, a strategic plan, can be downloaded from this site. The plan was put together to focus our state's wealth of talents on an Iowa imperative for a STEM-literate citizenry and globally competitive workforce.