STEM Resources

Kits and Materials to Checkout

The NW STEM Office has a variety of resource materials available for checkout to formal and informal organizations (or individuals). Resources will be delivered through the AEA van delivery system for the Northwest AEA and Prairie Lakes AEA regions, or may be picked up at the NW STEM Office located on the Estherville Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College with prior arrangement.

NW STEM Challenge Cards

Are you looking for ideas to keep kids busy at home? Want to challenge your children to explore and create? Checkout these challenge cards!  Learn how to create balloon speakers, go fishing for ice cubes, or create a straw rocket! There are many activities to explore!

Fill out this form to receive access to NW STEM Challenge Cards. These are challenge cards for students in grades PS-8 grade. Materials needed for these challenges are household items. Upon submission of this form, you will receive access to a Google Folder that houses the challenge cards.

NW STEM Newsletter

The Northwest Iowa STEMing Forward Newsletter provides highlights about current STEM happenings in the NW STEM Region and throughout Iowa. If you would like to receive our newsletter, complete the NW STEM Region Newsletter request form. If you have a story that should be shared with other STEM enthusiasts, please email Northwest Iowa Regional STEM at

Keep up on state-wide STEM news through the  STEM Council Monthly Newsletters.