Nevada resident Kerry Weig, 42, was recently appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds as a member of the Governor’s North Central Region STEM advisory board.
“I am so excited to be part of this group of advisors for the Governor,” Weig said. “I have long commended the governor’s efforts in moving forward STEM programming and improving the already great education system we have in Iowa.”
From the website and page, www.iowastem.gov/about, the definition of STEM and the mission of the state’s advisory boards are as follows:
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
• Science—Study of the nature of the universe
• Technology—Applying information to the design of goods and services
• Engineering—Application of knowledge for the benefit of humanity
• Mathematics—Universal language of nature
The goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement is critical to regaining Iowa’s historic legacy as a leader in education and workforce development. In fact, STEM is a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth in our state. STEM graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs.
Created with the goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement, the STEM Council is a collaboration of bipartisan Iowa legislators, educators, business, nonprofits, students and families focused on improving STEM opportunities and awareness in Iowa,” the website shares.
Weig is employed as an architect and principal at INVISION Planning Architecture Interiors, Des Moines.
“My interest in the STEM advisory board came about from project work on the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center and working with the team from the APEX program there,” said Weig, who has lived in Nevada 10 years; she is originally from Algona. “I originally applied for the board about two years ago and renewed my interest in participation in 2016. Appointments are made yearly for vacancies, and it ended up that 2017 was a good fit for me.”
In her application, Weig said she expressed her desire for the opportunity to provide input on the physical environment of education from Pre-K through higher education, as well as the ability to take the services that residents provide in the professions for health care, education and many other markets as a catalyst for conversation and knowledge-sharing. “The world of work-based learning is fascinating to me as an architect, community member, but most importantly as a parent. We have an obligation to our children to provide opportunity, and the STEM programming is an excellent resource…”
All facets of STEM, she said, affect the work she does each day.
“If I had not had great influencers in my education, I may not be able to be in a profession I love,” she said. “I talk to my children regularly about this and want others to hear the message as well. I am excited to be an advocate for the many communities in the North Central Region and (want to) celebrate success in STEM at all levels.”
As she gets going on the board, Weig said she is keeping her mind open about what can be accomplished. “I like to review the background and the need to determine where I might best fit in and provide the most value to the organizations and committees I work with,” she said.
“I believe in STEM and I want to make a difference. That is all anyone needs for background to get good things going. My education, practice in architecture, project experience and parenting experience will fill in the gaps,” she said.
If area residents have input for her regarding STEM, Weig is open to hearing from others. “In Nevada, I am always around and about town. Stop me at the ballgame, grocery store, gas station … wherever.” If you don’t run into her, she said is is fine to email her at kerryw@Invisionarch.com or call her office.
“I am extremely honored to be selected for this appointment and appreciate to pay forward the excellent opportunities provided to me in my life. I love being born in a small community, living in one with my family and now having the ability to serve many in this role,” she said.
Her family members: Brian Weig (husband); Edison Weig (12th grade), Mayzi Weig (eighth grade) and Harper Weig (kindergarten)
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