STEM DAY at the Capitol

Keokuk Community School District teachers Barb Edler, Natalie Ulloa, and Diane Berner were invited to present at STEM Day at the Capitol on February 13 to showcase the programs implemented in the district from preschool to high school through the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The Scale Up Program has provided materials and training for Ramps and Pathways and Pint Size Science at preschool, Engineering is Elementary and STEM in Action at George Washington Elementary, Making STEM Connections at middle school, and Engineering the Future and Computer Science Principles at the high school. Keokuk is also a STEM Innovator Partner and STEM BEST® Partner.

Fifth grade students Isaac Schultz and Christine Condren demonstrated the Coding Mouse while sixth grader Kash Elston showcased his cardboard drink dispenser, created during Innovators’ Club.


Photo by Diane Berner. Christine Condren and Isaac Schultz explain the Coding Mouse to Senator Rich Taylor.

Students and teachers met with legislators to discuss the impact of STEM programs provided through state funding. Senator Rich Taylor, Representative Jeff Kurtz, Representative Dave Jacoby, and many others encouraged students and shared their support. The group was welcomed onto the House Floor and students were allowed to sit in the Speaker’s chair. Representative Kurtz explained his role and said, “This is the people’s house. I work for you.”


Photo by Diane Berner. Christine Condren, Isaac Schultz, and Kash Elston join Representative Jeff Kurtz on the House Floor in the Iowa State Capitol.