Iowa PBS STEM Externship Program

Iowa PBS Education announces 2020 Iowa STEM externs

Jun 5, 2020

Iowa PBS Education is adding two Iowa STEM teachers to its ranks as externs this summer. 

The externs will work with Iowa PBS’s education staff to create science phenomena media for use in Iowa classrooms. During their time with the department, they will identify opportunities for on-location video production to capture science phenomena for Iowa PBS’s Iowa Science Phenomena website and collaborate with producers to create and publish media pieces. 

Madison Beeler is currently teaching STEM at Bondurant-Farrar Middle School and has been teaching middle school science for the past three years. At Iowa PBS, Maddie is looking forward to working with new technologies to create resources for Iowa's teachers.

Dan Voss is a physics and chemistry teacher at Dallas Center-Grimes High School and just finished his fourth year of teaching. He lives in Urbandale with his wife, Kimberly. He earned his undergraduate degree in materials engineering at Iowa State University and earned a master’s in education from Northwestern University, where he worked on the Next Generation Science Storylines project. He is excited to work with everyone at Iowa PBS this summer, especially after coaching the TV news and radio broadcasting speech events at DCG. Dan says he is looking forward to learning more about how TV production actually works.

Offered by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Iowa STEM teacher externships create partnerships between teachers and a workplace host in their community. Teachers apply classroom content to projects completed for the host for 5-6 weeks in the summer. Externs are paid a stipend and can earn graduate and license renewal credits, both paid for by the program. 

This is Iowa PBS’s second year participating in the Iowa STEM externship program. Learn more about this partnership through this video featuring Iowa PBS’s 2019 Iowa STEM externs.