In the Press

If you aren’t a parent yourself, just ask one on Twitter: The new home-schooling normal has not been an easy road for many. For elementary school teachers, adjusting lesson plans to a Zoom screen with a gallery of tiny faces peering back might just be the challenge of their careers.

Although Yen Verhoeven couldn’t have known it before the pandemic hit, her company Qi Learning Research Group was perfectly positioned to help elementary teachers adjust their STEM curricula to distance learning. Read more.

A new collaborative, STEM-focused after-school program and STEM-event is set to kick off at the Ames Middle School beginning March 11.

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program, “Science in the City,” pairs eighth grade students with both high school mentors and local businesses in efforts to build an interactive demonstration, which is later presented at the Ames Public Library on May 7. Read more.

(In partnership with the MiSK Foundation)

Yen Verhoeven of the Paragon Learning Research Group in the U.S. will create a digital platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs) and a supportive online community of professionals for kindergarten to sixth grade teachers to transform their teaching practices and bring STEM and 21st century skills to their schools. MOOCs were developed as a means to provide free education to everyone. Read more.

A STEM-focused weekly event will kickstart at the Ames Public Library beginning Jan. 11 and ending in May. Adults and children are invited to participate in Qi Learning Research Group’s new “Saturday Science Scene” event, occurring once a month on Saturdays at the Ames Public Library.

“I really encourage kids to come with their parents or guardians,” Qi Learning Research founder Yen Verhoeven said. “It really is about opening those conversations and providing fun things that parents can do to with their kids, because they’re always…Read more.

ANKENY, Iowa (Oct. 9, 2019) – The Iowa State University Startup Factory today announced that cohort five team Qi Learning Research Group attended the 2019 Iowa Science Teaching Section (ISTS) Fall Conference, held October 7 at the FFA Enrichment Center, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Campus in Ankeny. Read more.

AMES, Iowa (Dec. 2018) – What if the next kid you inspire is the one that discovers a cure for cancer?

This is the question that drives Dr. Yen Verhoeven, founder and CEO of Qi (pronounced “Key”) Learning Research Group. Verhoeven is on a quest to disrupt traditional teaching methods and learning theories in STEM education by empowering teachers with the resources they need to create inquiry-based student labs. Read more.

Dr. Yen presents at One Million Cups in Ames, IA. Read more.