“The best part about being in HyperStream is that I am able to meet and work with new people who share my interests. I'm also able to use the skills I've learned in another environment. This allows me to improve in these skills, and learn more about other areas which I have not yet worked with.”

-- HyperStream participant

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Hands on/Project-Based
Informal /Out of School

Target Audience

All Students




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

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Program Impact

HyperStream has grown to over 200 clubs across Iowa and reaches nearly 3000 students every year. Additionally, surveys show that 51% of students who participate in HyperStream say plan on exploring careers in technology. 


Program Overview

HyperStream clubs expose students in grades 5 through 12 to technology through hands-on technology projects, competitions, showcases, engaging presentations, and the opportunity to work with technology mentors.

HyperStream clubs can meet after school or be added into the curriculum. To help develop a future IT Workforce, HyperStream connects 5th– to 12th-grade students with industry professionals who expose the students to potential IT careers and mentor them as they complete IT-Related curriculum and projects.

The program provides students with access to technology-based education and real-world experiences. HyperStream focuses on five learning tracks rooted in computer science: Multimedia, Game Design, Cyber Defense, Application Development and Robotics.

How To Get Involved

HyperStream is always looking for technologists, programmers, engineers, product creators, business analysts, project managers, marketers, and entrepreneurs to work directly with the students on hands-on tech projects.

We have needs for both of the following types of Clubs all across the state: On-Site Teams in schools or libraries, and with groups such as 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts Virtual Teams – for those rural areas where we cannot locate tech professionals, we’ll provide the virtual tools to communicate with your club. Contact Tyler@technologyiowa.org to learn how you can get involved.

Funders and Partners

HyperStream is grateful for the support of major companies, including:

  • John Deere
  • IBM
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Principal Financial
  • Pioneer
  • Wells Fargo
  • General Dynamics
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Nationwide


Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.