K12 Students

Programs, events, and resources for K-12 students and their families.

Making a Difference with a STEM Career

Sarah Huebner is a senior at UNI. Her years at UNI have been filled with building lifelong memories and taking advantage of great opportunities. Sarah is a Biology, Ecology, and Evolution major. “I was working in research administration in Kansas City, managing grant projects for researchers. I was fascinated by the research projects and found myself continually drawn to the labs. I am especially interested in life in all its forms, so I decided to pursue a degree in Biology with the intent to do research of my own.

“Oooh and Aaahs” at the Planetarium Show

The planetarium shows hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences are starting up again this year. Dr. Siobahn Morgan, Professor of Astronomy and Earth Science Department Head has been leading the shows since they began in the spring of 2012. The planetarium shows take place every Thursday evening until March 12 with two show times. The first show begins at 7:00 p.m. and the second show begins at 8:00 p.m. The shows are located in room 105 Latham Hall. These planetarium shows are FREE and open to the public and UNI students.  The planetarium seats 25.
 
 

Spotlight on STEM Day– Highlight of the Year

If this is the first time you are hearing about Spotlight Day, then you have been missing out! Spotlight Day is a 20+ year UNI tradition. Spotlight on STEM Day showcases award winning K-12 classroom projects from across the state of Iowa. The best part is, it is FREE and OPEN to UNI students, faculty, staff, and the public.  Spotlight Day will be February 26, 2015 at the Innovative Teaching Technology Center (ITTC) on campus.
 

A Hidden Gem within UNI

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.

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.”
 

Science Halloween House

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.

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