Welcome to the Central Rivers AEA Science website.  Here you will find information, resources, and tools to improve science education for all students.

Check out our latest newsletters November 2020, February 2021, May 2021 and Archived Newsletters

Next Generation science standards

  • Iowa adopted the performance expectations component of the Next Generation Science Standards as the state standard on August 6, 2015.
  • Explore the full Next Generation Science Standards.
  • The standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.
  • Feel free to contact us to discuss ways we can assist your district with your transition to these standards.

Resources to Support Implementation of Iowa Core Science Standards

The Central Rivers AEA Science team has developed and collected a number of resources to guide an individual teacher or district’s implementation of the Iowa Science Standards.  From evidence booklets to resources to that support lesson planning, you’ll find them here!

Ways to Connect with Educators Across the state

Iowa’s AEA science consultants are utilizing social media as a way to increase collaboration among teachers. Consider joining one or more of the Iowa Facebook pages to share news, ideas, resources, and questions join us for Twitter chat (#IAscienceChat), or utilize the resources and meetings of MINK & Co.

Iowa 9-12 Science Teachers

Iowa 6-8 Science Teachers

Iowa 3-5 Science Teachers

Iowa K-2 Science Teachers

Coaching Science in Iowa

Are you an instructional coach who supports Science teachers?  The Iowa Science Coaching Network is a great place to network with others.  Facilitated by two instructional coaches from Southeast Polk, they host webinars throughout the year, have a Google+ Community, and have a newsletter. Check out their site for more information.

STEM education in Iowa

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education has been identified as a priority in Iowa.  The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a partnership between business, policy, and education leaders from across the state convened to bolster Iowa’s STEM education and innovation.  Visit the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for more information.

Check out our blog science for the next generation!

Periodically throughout the school year, we will discuss issues related to Science Education.  Check out the Science Blog and add to the conversation!

Some ways we can support:

  • Professional learning in the area of science education in districts
  • Provide professional development through course offerings (see chart below)
  • Consultation on Iowa Science Standards
  • Support with Mystery Science (K-5)
  • Support with OpenSciEd (6th-8th)
  • Support working with teachers to better align curriculum to Iowa Science standards
  • Join school science team PLCs
  • Provide student events at the agency (see chart below)
  • Assist in finding resources to support science education
  • Answer questions related to the teaching of science
  • Support with STEM implementation 
  • Guide curriculum committees through science curriculum selection
  • Work with schools to set up “learning teams” for renewal credit.
  • Conduct science learning labs 
  • Other support ideas are welcome 

Current Offerings to look for: 

Date Event/ Course Audience Location Credit
March 12, 2021 Paper Table Challenge Students in grades 3rd-5th Remote
May 14, 2021 Discover and Wonder: Hands-on STEM Students in grades K-2 Clear Lake CANCELED
November 8th, 2021 Paper Roller Coasters-HS Students in grades 9-12 Clear Lake
November 15th, 2021 Paper Roller Coasters-MS Students in grades 6-8 Clear Lake
February 18th, 2022

*Tables due to Cedar Falls AEA office on or before February 17th

Paper Table Challenge, MS/HS Students in grades 6-12 Remote
March 11th, 2022

*Tables due to Cedar Falls AEA office on or before March 10th

Paper Table Challenge Students in grades 3-5 Remote
May 13. 2022 K-2 Discover and Wonder STEM Students in K-2 Clear Lake
*Keep checking back to learn of new offerings.

Current Courses for Science Learning: 

Date Event/ Course Audience Location Credit
August 1-Sept 30th, 2021 Serving TAG Students in the General Ed Classroom K-12 educators, Instructional Coaches Canvas and one visit  1 license renewal
June 1-June 30, 2021 NGSS Boot Camp
Course #179972
K-12 educators, Instructional Coaches Canvas and one visit  1 license renewal
July 1- September 24, 2021 Beyond Mystery Science

Course # 190668

K-5 educators, Instructional coaches Canvas and one visit  1 license renewal
August 2- October 18th, 2021 Planning for a New Year with New Skills

Course # 200999

K-12 educators, Instructional coaches Canvas and one visit  1 license renewal

1 graduate credit


Contact us

Have a Question? Want to Know More? Contact a Science Consultant!

Cedar Falls Office

Name Title Email
Mandie Sanderman Consultant for Science Mandie Sanderman
Chelsie Byram Consultant for Science Chelsie Byram