STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The IKM-Manning school system has been involved with STEM since its inception.

For those of us who are older, as an example - I would describe STEM as a souped up Jr. High Science Fair we had years ago.


Do you remember "Please don't eat the daisies" 1960 with Doris Day & David Niven?



Please take the time to read about the origins of the Daisy display - it will give an idea of how much work and how many people it takes to complete what appears to be a simple project

The Bike Flowers were made with the help of volunteers. Warner Welding cut out the leaves and stems and welded them together.
This was completed with the help of Collin Borkowski who attends Iowa State majoring in Ag Engineering and Chance Gruhn who will be attending Iowa Lakes Community College in the Fall.
Alan Irlbeck manager of Irlbeck Collision Center donated his expertise painting of the Bike Flowers.
Money was donated by Main Street Manning to cover any remaining expenses.
It took lots of time and effort to complete this project that the Main Street Design Committee undertook.
Kristina Lupardus (collected the Bike Rims), Elaine Irlbeck (enlisted Alan Irlbeck for painting), with the help of Janet McLaughlin, Shirley Hey, and Sandra Hass who worked on this project to make it a reality.
The Bike Flowers adorned 141 as RAGBRAI riders traveled through Manning.
Mention of the STEM program was emphasized by the sign made by PCE.

Marsha Clausen-- Design Committee chairperson.


STEM event March 2016

Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds with the IKM-Manning Superintendent Thomas Ward



Jon Ahrendsen 1970 Science Fair project


Tim Kienast 1972 Science Fair project


Clint Stammer, Jenny Knueven, Chad Jensen, Matt Detlefsen, Jason Irlmeier 1990-91 eighth grade science fair


1992-93 Science fair winners - Back: Jim Keegan, Molly Ulrickson, Amy Muhlbauer, Chad Stammer
Front: Chad Irlmeier, Tiffany Jahn, Heather Odendahl


Greg Sporrer, Brad Muhlbauer, Matt Vogel - January 2002 fourth grade science project

Brad "Muhlbauer" Morgan at a Manning Fund Raiser in 2016

MHS school science club 1942 - Back: Calvin Kruse, Orlo Nissen, Wayne Hargens, Ivan Opperman, Dick Morrell, John Miller, Sheldon Book, Bill Meggers
Middle: Phyllis Pfoltner, Marilyn Mohr, Dorothy Welch, Joy Moore, Maxine Bauer, Ellen Fielweber, Virgene Schacht
Front: Elnor Vannote, Lola Hansen, Edna Buschman, Pearl Armstrong, LaVerne Meyer, Dorothea Schrum, Maurine Wegner