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Grand Hank & The Magic and Wonders of STEM

Grand Hank & The Wonders and Magic of STEM

Grand Hank & The Magic and Wonders of STEM is a high-energy, interactive, hands-on science-centered event designed to excite students about all things STEM. In 2020, Grand Hank performed for over 1100 students ranging from grades 7 - 10 in the Burlington Community School District.

The event was also attended by representatives from Future Ready Iowa, Iowa Workforce Development, The Office of Senator Charles Grassley, and local business leaders.

The objectives of hosting Grand Hank are:

  • Increase student interest in STEM-related classes; demonstrate impact through increased enrollments in elective courses
  • Increase student interest in STEM career opportunities; demonstrate impact through increased participation in STEM Festival (late Feb. 2020)
  • Target audience: 7, 8, 9 and 10th grades, total 1100 students
  • Pilot project, first presentation in Iowa – determine interest in a statewide tour



More About Grand Hank

A former research chemist for Johnson & Johnson, Tyraine Ragsdale, (aka Grand Hank) has visited more than 25 cities across the United States, exposing students to STEM and energy career opportunities. His latest project is the renovation and construction of the new Grand Hank STEM Center for Inner City Youth adjacent to LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

More information on Grand Hank can be found at


Made Possible By

The 2020 Pilot program of The Magic and Wonders of STEM was been made possible by Partnering for the Future III investors, Burlington Riverfront Entertainment and grants from the John H. Witte Jr. Foundation, Burlington Education Foundation & the Brent Slocum Foundation.


For more information on the Grand Hank & The Magic and Wonders of STEM workforce initiative please contact Dustin Roth.

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