Atlantic Middle School students (from left) Claire Pellett, Dante Hedrington, Mary McCurdy, Nicole Middents work on an exercise that involves engineering and science concepts.

Atlantic Middle School students (from left) Claire Pellett, Dante Hedrington, Mary McCurdy, Nicole Middents work on an exercise that involves engineering and science concepts. The Belin-Blank Center’s STEM Excellence and Leadership program brings hands-on science and technology education to rural Iowa schools. Funded in part through a $1.9 million National Science Foundation grant, the program provides talented middle school students with extra hours of STEM instruction as well as college and career counseling. Photo by Lynn Anderson Davy.

May 21, 2018

Atlantic Middle School is working with the College of Education to not only get kids excited about STEM but to help rural students learn about the value of college through the STEM Excellence and Leadership program.

“I’ve seen some students make 180-degree turnarounds in terms of their classroom attitude and behavior,” says science teacher Andrea Reilly, a UI College of Education alumna.

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