Scale-Up Programs

SCI supports educators across the state through the Iowa Governor's STEM Scale-Up Program.

With the top priority of boosting student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council each year selects high-quality STEM education programs to be offered to schools, after-school programs and other settings for grades Pre-K through 12.

School districts, non-public schools, after-school programs and other active learning communities that serve students can bring these Scale-Up programs to their classrooms or organizations at no cost through a fully-funding award program. If selected, these institutions receive kits that include all curriculum and materials needed to implement the program with their students.

Learn more about the STEM Scale-Up Program

SCI's 2024-2025 Scale-Up Program: Making Innovative STEM Connections

Making Innovative STEM Connections (MISC) (Pre-K–8) is designed to empower teachers to cultivate engaging, purposeful and successful extensions of their already developed curriculum. The making philosophy directs students to use their hands in conjunction with their minds to produce meaningful learning outcomes.

MISC PD launches with a two day in person training that includes hands-on experiences learning about the kit materials, curriculum alignment/implementation tools, safety guidelines and strategies for inspiring the maker mentality. Teachers learn how to infuse “making” into existing curriculum using inquiry based methods to create learning experiences unique to each classroom and each student. In doing this, teachers become makers of their own curriculum and classroom activities to improve student understanding and achievement.

Learn More

A link to the recording of one of the informational webinars, regarding SCI's Making Innovative STEM Connections program, is available for viewing. Click on the link below and use passcode: ?qsxb@2g

View the informational webinar

How to apply

Educational organizations may apply to bring Scale-Up programs to their schools or organizations for the 2024-2025 school year.

The current application period is January 8 through February 28, 2024.

Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2024.
Awards will be announced April.


For questions about Scale-Up or Iowa STEM, contact Sarah Derry, scstemhub@drake.edu, 515-271-2403.