Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

2020-21 Scale-Ups programs application is now OPEN!

Who can apply?

PreK-12 cross-curricular educators, both in and out of the classroom, are eligible to apply, so long as they have undergone a criminal background check as a requirement of employment. Eligible applicant(s) include public and private school PreK-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, home school associations and others who deliver STEM education programming. Every applicant must secure the commitment and signature of the institution’s lead administrator(s).

This is a program, not a grant.

It is a program delivered to selected applicants. However, applicants who propose to cost-share by absorbing some expenses (e.g. supplies, travel or administration, etc.) or bringing additional funding (e.g. a grant or private sector donation, etc.) will be considered favorably during the review process. Some program options require cost-sharing as noted in their descriptions. The STEM Scale-Up Program funding is provided from the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council Regional STEM Hub Institutions directly to the program provider, rather than to the selected applicant.

To learn more about the STEM Scale-up Programs:

Visit the Iowa STEM website:

Applications are open until March 2, 2020

If you have questions or need additional support, please contact Mary Trent, NW STEM Hub Mgr. at or Kelly Bergman, NC STEM Hub Mgr. at

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