Programs, events and resources for K-12 formal and non-formal educators.

Leading the way in Code.Org

Only 100 affiliates around the United States conduct training workshops for the Code Studio curriculum and we have one of our very own at the University of Northern Iowa. Ben Schafer, an associate professor in Computer Science at UNI is specifically trained to conduct training workshops.

A Whole New World Perspective on STEM

Britney Bockstahler  is a senior at the University of Northern Iowa. Her major is in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with Math and Literacy minors.   “I have always had a passion for kids and learning, teaching is the perfect intersection of those interests. “ Britney chose UNI for its premier teacher education program. Also the size and distance from her home town was an added bonus.

Baily Abbot, A Man with a Plan

Baily Abbot is a freshman at the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Technical Education and Engineering. Baily is a guy who has everything planned out, even his plans after college.
        “ I hope to go back to my high school and teach. I have planned it out that one of my teacher plans on retiring when I graduate. Ha ha. I have this really planned out. If I don’t get the teaching job I would go into the industry, a management position. My dream job is teaching and having the ability to teach what I want.”

Expanding Girls Horizons with STEM

Veterinarian, pediatrician, novelist, interior designer, teacher, physical therapist, material engineer—the girl participants of Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) have big plans for their own futures. These girls know that in general fewer women than men enter STEM fields, but they have come to UNI for a day of exploration designed to create opportunities that change all that. 

Changing the World One Solar Car at a Time

When I first discovered UNI FREE at one of the NE Iowa STEM Festivals I was fascinated with their solar cars and bike pedal power, but Pat Higby taught me that UNI FREE is much more.  As I stepped into the FREE classroom, Pat took me by the hand and began showing me, rather than telling me, what UNI FREE was all about. We experimented with the solar car kits and wind turbine kits. She even let me experience them on my own and I discovered that I need more practice producing wind for the turbines.

Experiences in Inquiry

In the Experiences in Inquiry workshop temperature is the context to explore science as inquiry. Participants become novice weather forecasters and conduct exploratory surface temperature investigations during this two-day workshop. Set in the UNI STORM lab, participants use real time and historical weather data to collect evidence about what the future temperature may be. Then they must make sense of this evidence to predict the next day's high and low for assigned Midwest cities.


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