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PUBLIC AWARENESS RFP Released by Governor's STEM Advisory Board

April 26, 2013

(April 26, 2013; Cedar Falls, Iowa) – The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council announced the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to partner with the Council and create a public awareness/media campaign for the state’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiative.

The RFP is a recommendation from the Council’s Public Awareness Subcommittee in an effort to communicate to all Iowans, including teachers, parents, students and Iowa decision makers the importance of STEM in our state’s future.

A statewide survey of 2,000 Iowans conducted by the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Social and Behavioral Research, under contract to the Council in order to establish a baseline level of public understanding of STEM, found that fifty-three (53) percent of Iowa parents (with children ages 12-19 years of age) feel their child will pursue a STEM career and over 83 percent of Iowans feel that a focus on STEM in the classroom can benefit the Iowa economy. Over 65 percent of respondents had heard something about improving STEM education, yet one in four did not know what the acronym “STEM” actually meant.

The STEM Public Awareness  RFP can be found at or at this link. Other information includes:

  • Written questions, requests for clarification and suggested changes due from respondents - May 3, 2013; 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • POSTED written responses to questions, requests for clarification and suggested changes - May 10, 2013; 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • PROPOSALS DUE - June 7, 2013; 5:00 p.m. CDT

For more information, please contact Jeff Weld at


About the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council: Formed in 2011, the Council is a 40-member, public-private partnership dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information, go to

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