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2021 Pre-Service Teacher STEM Conference

About the Conference

  • Two days of keynote, breakout and workshop sessions led by state and national leaders in STEM education. 

  • Sessions specific to elementary and secondary level education 

  • Panel presentations, including STEM Teacher of the Year award winners for elementary and secondary education

  • Sessions on early childhood, ELL and computer science in STEM


  • Virtual field trips 

  • Hands-on sessions for home or campus

  • Networking opportunities with STEM faculty from across the state, current K-12 STEM teachers and administrators

  • Materials and resources for participating students


Sponsors plan an engaging two days, complete with door prizes, raffles and prizes for a final,  end-of-conference game.

Who should attend

This conference is open to all pre-service teacher education students at colleges and universities across Iowa, as well as interested faculty.  

Schedule and Speakers

The virtual event will include two sessions:

Friday, April 9: 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 10: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Ohkee Lee, professor, childhood education, New York University, known for efforts to establish equity in STEM education 

  • Barb Schwamman, superintendent, Osage Community School District 

  • Jeff Weld, executive director, Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council 


Keynote Speakers


Dr. Okhee Lee

Dr. Okhee Lee

Keynote Time
Friday April 9 1:00 to 1:45

Talk Topic: STEM Education with Equity

Barb Schwamman

Barb Schwamman

Keynote Time
Saturday April 10, 2:30 to 3:00

Talk Topic: Computer Science Education, Why YOU matter!

Dr. Jeff Weld

Dr. Jeff Weld

Keynote Time
Saturday April 10 9:00 to 9:30

Talk Topic: Dr. Weld will provide an overview on the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the impact the STEM Council has had on PreK-12 educators throughout the state of Iowa.


For this free virtual event, participants must register in advance. You will be sent a Zoom webinar link prior to the conference. 


For more information, contact Dana Atwood-Blaine, dana.atwood-blaine@uni.edu, 319-273-2073.