The Iowa Agricultural Development Authority (IADA) has announced applications are now available for the thirty-second annual Iowa Agricultural Youth Institute (IAYI). The registration deadline will be May 10. The 32nd annual conference will be held June 11 - 14, 2012. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to attend IAYI which will be held on the Iowa State University campus at Ames.
"The IAYI educates and enlightens Iowa high school students on the importance of agriculture to all Iowans and the nation," says David Jamison, interim executive director of IADA. Students will learn about the extensive job opportunities in the agricultural industry, discuss important issues facing the agricultural industry today, and will also develop vital leadership skills during the four day IAYI conference.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a team building course, debate agricultural issues at the State Capitol in Des Moines, and participate in a round table discussion with Iowa commodity organization representatives. They will also enjoy a conference banquet and dance.
The Iowa Agricultural Youth Institute is sponsored by the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority in partnership with many Iowa agribusinesses and commodity organizations. To obtain an application or to learn more about the IAYI, contact Melissa McEnany, IAYI Program Coordinator at 515-689-1377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will also be available on the website at www.iada.state.ia.us
State of Iowa Launches new STEM education and information website
In other news related to Iowa youth, it was announced last week that the Iowa governor's office and the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) have launched a new Web site which offers Iowans an online one-stop shop for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and innovation information. The Web site, http://www.IowaSTEM.gov offers comprehensive access to essential STEM information for educators, students, families and children.
"We are excited to provide this resource for Iowans," says Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council along with University of Northern Iowa president Ben Allen. "This user-friendly Web site brings everyone up to date on the importance of STEM. From learning what is happening in state-level STEM, to fun activities families can do at home to spark that sense of wonder with their children, there is something here for everyone."
The Web site targets a broad range of interests with each page providing detailed information about education, civic and recreational opportunities and innovation happenings across the state. This page will also serve as the landing page for the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, showcasing Iowa's targeted priorities for action planning. Designers considered three main audiences when regarding site content: students, educators and parents. Students can look for STEM careers, cool Web sites and click through Iowa's community college offerings, as well as public and private colleges and universities. Parents will like the various resources to invigorate their children's interest in math, science, engineering and technology as well as links to STEM events occurring around the state. Educators can browse for classroom resources and afterschool programming ideas.
"The new Web site, IowaSTEM.gov, is a powerful extension of the work of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council," says Jeff Weld, the council's executive director. "Our promise to deliver to citizens of Iowa a world-class STEM education includes delivery on access to information and opportunity, which the new site helps us to do."
Creation of the website was a collaboration of IMSEP and Iowa Interactive, a subsidiary of NIC. Iowa Interactive also created the governor and the lieutenant governor's sites.
The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership is the operations arm for the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and is a state-funded initiative led by the University of Northern Iowa. IMSEP's goals are to improve mathematics and science performance of Iowa students; to prepare more high quality mathematics and science teachers for Iowa's schools; and to promote statewide collaboration and cooperation. For more information, please contact the IMSEP offices at (319) 273-2716, email@example.com or visit www.iowamathscience.org.
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