2024-25 Scale-Up Programs


Programs Available on the 2024-2025 STEM Scale-Up Program Menu:


(Click on the program name to learn more information!)


Program Grade Levels Content Area

All About Balance

PK-2nd Early Childhood Physics

Storytime STEM-Packs

PK-2nd Literacy + STEM

Investigating Everyday Phenomena

K-5th Elementary Science Hands-On Discovery

Robo Wunderkind STEM Program

K-5th Elementary Coding and Robotics

Teachley Math

K-5th Mathematics Foundations

Making Innovative STEM Connections (MISC)

PK-8th Problem Solving Skills via Making

Exploring and Connecting to Iowa's Agriculture - Teacher Professional Development

2nd-8th Agriculture Connections in School

Artificial Intelligence for K-12 Educators

K-12th Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Turing Tumble 

3rd-12th Fundamentals of Computing

FUSE Studio - Innovate

Maker Space Blended Environment (Virtual and Actual)

Blackbird Code

6th-12th Coding Embedded in Mathematics and Science

Derivita Math Program

6th-12th Mathematics Applications to Careers

Positive Physics, Chemistry, Phsical Science, Biology, Environmental Science, & Engineering

6th-12th Science Class Enhancement Tool

Spatial Vis: The First Step in Design for Engineering and Technology

6th-12th Spatial Visualization for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Mathematics




All About Balance


Description: Watch your children become more curios and engaged as they actively explore the role of balance within the world of objects, and with their own bodies.

Grade Level: PK-2nd                                                        

Contact: Beth VanMeeteren, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education Beth.VanMeeteren@uni.edu

Website | Fact Sheet |


Artificial Intelligence


Description: AI for K-12 Educators is a professional development series that provide educator with a high-level understanding of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) impact our society.

Grade Level: K-12th                                               

Contact: Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo, samantha@newbo.co

Website | Fact Sheet |


Blackbird Code


Description: A collection of online curricula that teaches math or science through the lens of coding. Students write real, text-based programs which bring life the core concepts they are learning.

Grade Level: 6th-12th                                              

Contact: Ness Blackbird, Blackbird Code, ness@blackbird.com

Website | Fact Sheet |


Derivita Math


Description: Platform maximizes the impact of your current math curriculum and increases student engagement in Math.

Grade Level: 6th-12th                                         

Contact: Doug Sovde, Derivita, doug.sovde@derivita.com

Website | Fact Sheet |



Exploring and Connecting to Iowa's Agriculture


Description: Exploring and Connecting to Iowa's Agriculture is a two-day professional development workshop that engages educators with ag professionals and classroom curriculum.

Grade Level: 2nd-8th                                                      

Contact: Cathryn Carney, Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, ccarney@iowaagliteracy.org

Website | Fact Sheet |


FUSE Studio


Description: FUSE creates on ramps to deeper STEAM engagement and encourages STEAM exploration through an innovative, challenge-based approach and studio-like environment.

Grade Level: 4th-12th                                                      

Contact: Reed Stevens, Northwestern University, reed-stevens@northwestern.edu

Website | Fact Sheet |


Investigating Everyday Phenomena


Description: A program designed to captivate young minds while demystifying real-world phenomena.

Grade Level: K-5th                                                      

Contact: Valerie Cole, hand2mind, Inc., vcole@hand2mind.com

Website | Fact Sheet |

Investigating Everyday Phenomona

Making Innovative STEM Connections


Description: This lesson design framework focuses around the idea that making and tinkering are ways to engage student's minds and build conceptual understanding around academic content.

Grade Level: PK-8th                                                      

Contact: Robert Burnett, Science Center of Iowa, rob.burnett@sciowa.org

Website | Fact Sheet |




Positive Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Biology, Environmental Science, & Engineering


Description: An engaging, online physics and chemistry lesson and problem bank. The site was designed to be accessible to students on any level from basic to AP.

Grade Level: 8-12 (Standards listed on the Fact Sheet)

Contact: Jack Replinger, Positive Physics, jack@positivephysics.org

Informational Webinar:

Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 4:00 PM (Register)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 4:00 PM (Register)

Website | Fact Sheet |

Positive Physics and Chemistry Example


Robo Wunderkind STEM Program


Description: Offers easy-to-use building blocks and a series of age-appropriate coding apps that develop computational thinking skills and spark a curiosity for STEAM in young learners.

Grade Level: K-5th                                                      

Contact: Jamie Guidry, Robo Wunderkind, Inc., jamie@robowunderkind.com

Website | Fact Sheet |


Spatial Vis: The First Step in Design for Engineering and Technology


Description: A tool to teach freehand sketching and improve students' spatial skills.

Grade Level: 6th-12th                                                      

Contact: Lelli Van Den Einde, eGrove Education, Inc., lelli@egrove.education

Website | Fact Sheet |




Storytime STEM-packs: STEM + Computer Science


Description: Incorporate age-appropriate STEM+C concepts into children's programming. Children collaboratively explain phenomena or solve problem thereby making sense of the STEM concept.

Grade Level: PreK-2 (view standards)

Informational Webinars: 

Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 4:00 PM (Register)

Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 4:00 PM (Register)

Contact: Gabriela Rose, Allegheny Intermediate Unit Math & Science Collaborative, gabriela.rose@aiu3.net

Website | Fact Sheet

Storytime Example


Teachley Math


Description: Enhances K-5 core math curricula by building students' conceptual understanding, fluency, and problem-solving skills across addition, subtraction, place value/base ten, multiplication, factions, and measurement/data.

Grade Level: K - 5                                                    

Contact: Rachael Labrecque, Teachley, LLC, rachael@teachley.com

Website | Fact Sheet |



Turing Tumble


Description: A revolutionary STEM game that teaches how computers work at a fundamental level. Students build marble-powered, mechanical computers to solve a series of structured logic puzzles using their own hands instead of a screen.

Grade Level: 3-12                                                     

Contact: Anna Riechers, Upper Story, anna.riechers@upperstory.com

Website | Fact Sheet | Video

Turing Tumble