Faculty & Staff
Programs, events and resources for UNI Faculty and Staff.
Welcome to the STEM at UNI website, portal to all things science, technology, engineering and mathematics related at the University of Nothern Iowa. Use the menu to the left to navigate. Many links will connect you to STEM content within other sections of the UNI website. Bookmark www.uni.edu/stemed. Please submit comments and suggestions through our contact page.
If you want to be a teacher, then the University of Northern Iowa is the best school. This is what one of Zulema Argueta’s high school teachers told her when she started to consider becoming a math teacher. She visited the UNI campus during her sophomore year of high school and her decision was made. Zulema loved the campus, especially the size. It is a big university, but not too big. It has been is the perfect fit for her.
Cyber Defense. Seems like something we only see in the movies or hear on the news. Students at the University of Northern Iowa are honing their skills to combat real-life cyber attacks. The UNI’s Cyber Defense Team came in 2nd place in the 2016 Argonne National Lab’s National Cyber Defense Competition near Chicago, Illinois. Sheriff Jorkeh, a first generation college student, is a part of this successful team.
Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency Scholarship Winner and UNI Interior Design Student Kimberly Wilderdyke, has plans to take her love of HGTV and art to serve a larger purpose. Originally from Adel, Iowa, she has always really liked art. She has been watching HGTV since she was about 7, because it interested her. Watching HGTV started as a guilty pleasure, but has transformed into what she would like to do with her life — using her artistic talents to create impactful spaces for people to live, work, and be educated. Interior Design is a form of art. Kimberly, will bring Interior De
Job Shadowing his science teacher as a high school freshman changed Joseph Espinosa’s path for his future. He witnessed his teacher, at Bishop-Garrigan High School in Algona, helping students learn and loving teaching. Joseph‘s teacher influenced how he wants to live h
Graduation will be here soon. Biology and Environmental Health senior, Ameera Tahir, wants to make the most of the time she has left on campus. She would like to see herself get more involved, go to more sporting events, and join a club. But finding the time to do all these things is difficult. After graduation, Ameera hopes to work for the local or state health department. She would like to work one or two years before pursuing a Master’s Degree.
You may have run across tractor pulls at county fairs. To make those tractors do what they do requires much time, design changes, tinkering and money. The American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition is an international contest for college students. Students from the United States, Canada, and as far away as Israel have competed to show that they have the best design, not only on paper, but on the track as well.
Did you know that the University of Northern Iowa has a campus prairie? It is true! It is complete with trails, so that you can enjoy the peaceful beauty. Making sure all students know about and visit this hidden gem prior to graduation, is one of the goals of The Tallgrass Prairie Center’s Outreach Coordinator, Staci Mueller. Wait! A Tallgrass Prairie Center on UNI campus too?! Yes! Yet another treasure on campus.
This is what college is supposed to be like. University of Northern Iowa sophomore, Joseph Tibbs, has been at UNI for just over a year and has already has made some great memories in and out of the classroom. “Last year was probably the best year of my life,” he said. He went on to say the UNI community is great, he loved meeting new people, doing new things and that it was very different from high school. As a freshman, he was able to make his own path, and got completely out of his comfort zone.
US Education Laws and Regulations - Resources and Information
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect in the 2017-2018 Academic year. This law makes changes to the national, state, and local roles of accountability, funding, and programs in K-12 education and thus also has implementations for teacher prep and coninuing education. The resources listed below provide background on ESSA and recommendations from national science, mathematics, technology, engineering and education organizations about ESSA implementation.
Comparing ESSA to NCLB
- Comparison of the No Child Left Behind Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act - ASCD
- ASCD ESSA Title II Resources (not specific to STEM)
ESSA & STEM Overview
- April 2016 - Dear Colleague Letter to States and Schools about ESSA and STEM - US ED, Outlines laws funding or requiring STEM related programs.
- US Department of Education ESSA Website and ESSA Policy Website (with state plan information)
- ESSA Overview - National Science Teachers Association
- ESSA Overview - Education First
Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education
- Resources for commenting on state ESSA plans - NCTA Tool Kit
- Is STEM and Sci Ed a priority in your state's ESSA plan? - NSTA Video & NSTA ESSA talking points, FAQ, and other resources
- Coalition Analysis of Key STEM Provisions in ESSA - STEM Education Coalition
- ASCD weinar on ESSA & Title II (free but requires registration)
Iowa's ESSA Plan
UNI FREE Program
The UNI Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE) Program provides classroom resources on energy topics and a kit loan/purchase program.
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