About the K-12 Statewide Outreach Program
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at Iowa State University began providing statewide K-12 outreach programming during its founding year in 1986. Our programmatic efforts align with the Vision and Mission of WiSE. The purpose of our outreach programs is to engage K-12 students in hands-on, experiential activities that foster an interest, and generate an overall awareness of the opportunities in STEM fields so that an increasingly diverse pool of students choose to pursuit and persist in a STEM field.
Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) contribute greatly to Iowa's and the nation's capacity for innovation, and are among the United States fastest growing and highest paying careers opportunities. Integrative outreach programs are an effective way to promote higher order critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are needed to generate creative local and global solutions.
Signature Outreach Programs:
Career conferences are offered every year and include opportunities to interact with professionals currently working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Undergraduate WiSE students facilitate STEM activities in a variety of settings including classrooms and after school clubs.
11th and 12th grade high school students have a chance to learn about engineering, experience college life first hand, and stay overnight with a current ISU student in the Residence Halls.
Programming opportunities including the BEST (Brownies Exploring Science & Technology) and GEMS (Girl Scouts Exploring Mathematics & Science) workshops.
Additional Outreach Resources:
Information and updates on current research, reports, and links to educational resources.
Interactive and educational STEM resources.