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I.O.W.A. STEM teacher award to honor local Dike-New Hartford teacher

February 5, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

DIKE, IOWA On Tuesday, January 24, Chelsie Slaba, science teacher at Dike

New Hartford High School, was presented a 2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award sponsored by

Kemin Industries. The brief ceremony at Dike New-Hartford High School, included an

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award ceremony at Dike-New Hartford High School from left to right; Kelly Madsen (Kemin Industries), Jeff Beneke (Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council), Chelsea Slaba (Science Teacher - Awardee), Chad Heinzel (Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board) and Irvin Laube (Dike-New Hartford High School Principal).
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award presentation by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Northeast STEM Regional

Manager Jeff Beneke.


The I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award was created in 2014 to celebrate STEM teachers who are Innovative in their methods, Outstanding in their passion for education, Worldly in how their students see that STEM is all around them, and Academic in engaging students both in and out of the classroom. The award recognizes one teacher from each of the six STEM regions with a prize of $1,500 for the winner's personal use and another $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

Mrs. Slaba started the FIRST Robotics Team and sponsors the Outdoor Adventure and Science Club at Dike New-Hartford High School. She has offered various STEM opportunities to her students such as planting thirty trees in the city of Dike last year; meeting and conversing with community partners in STEM careers; partnering with the University of Kansas to tag monarchs for migration research; and hosting a Science Career Investigation assembly each year for the student body. Mrs. Slaba focuses on inquiry-based learning in the classroom and is passionate about the success of her students.



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