I had the opportunity to explore the Textiles and Apparel (TAPP) program, here at the University of Northern Iowa, as part of the monthly STEM Chat. The first thing that came into my mind, and many others when they hear textiles and apparel, is fashion or Tyra Banks. I thought TAPP dealt with more fashion runway styles and just designing clothes but it is much more than that. I like to think of TAPP as a hidden gem within UNI. The TAPP program focuses on a combination of creative techniques and business knowledge experiences.
Faculty & Staff
Programs, events and resources for UNI Faculty and Staff.
Kara Poppe is a senior at the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Environmental Geography. She wanted a major that combined her love for traveling, people, and the environment.
“I chose UNI because it was the right size, distance from home, and price. UNI also offered many opportunities for travel and research. “
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.
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.”
Friday October 24 the McCollum Science hall transformed into a Halloween House for all ages to attend. From 4:30-7:30 families could attend the Halloween House to watch shows and create their own experiments. Kristin Staude who is a Senior at the University of Northern Iowa discussed how much work goes into creating the Halloween house and how much fun it is to create it each year. “The Halloween House brings together the Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Earth Science Departments.
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.
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 webinar on ESSA & Title II (free but requires registration)
Iowa's ESSA Plan