A group of students and staff members from Central Elementary School attended the “Governor’s 2019 Future Iowa Ready Summit” this spring, where the focus was on STEM Education and Workforce Partnerships.

Central Elementary Principal Chris deNeui said, “The opportunities these students had by presenting at this STEM conference were amazing.”

Staff and students presented in front of an audience of businessmen and women, teachers, administrators and fellow students from across Iowa.

“Nevada has worked hard to identify learner outcomes that are necessary for our kids to be successful adults,” deNeui said. “The four main learner outcomes are ‘Individualized Learners, Collaborators, Whole Individuals and World Changer.’ Presenting and sharing authentic learning to a meaningful audience, like Maggie Davis’ students got to do at this conference, is a perfect way for them to not only share their knowledge but also to learn and practice communication skills vital to their future success. We love it when Nevada students can share their learning outside of our classroom walls.”

Davis’ class had the opportunity to meet Gov. Reynolds, who Davis said was “delightful and very happy to have us there.” They also got to meet Astronaut Peggy Whitson, who was the keynote speaker.

During a speed round, the students had about 10 minutes to present to different groups and did an excellent job of telling everyone about the MakerSpace Lab at Central.