Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Vendor Feature: Midwest Technology Products

​Midwest Technology Products is an AEA Purchasing vendor partner specializing in the resell of industrial arts, vocation and technology equipment for your curriculum needs AND is based right here in Iowa (Sioux City)!

Support Iowa vendors and save with our contract! Contract details can be found here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Distance Learning Promos from Mackin

Mackin Classics 

AEA Purchasing vendor partner, Mackin, is now providing hundreds of FREE Mackin Classics, titles from the Gutenberg Project, good until the end of September 2020!

Choose one, two or all of these packages for your school.

Elementary School Classics
Middle School Classics
High School Classics

Major eBook, Audiobook & Database Sale

1. More than 140,000 top-rated eBooks, Audiobooks & Databases
2. Additional 20% - 60% off Mackin's discounted prices
3. Highest quality K-12 digital content from the industry's top publishers

Decisions about how to create a fast, engaging and valuable distance learning program are being addressed and made easier with the help of Mackin and dozens of our publisher partners. With the generous help these publishers, we are providing a selection of thousands of digital titles, at heavily discounted prices, to assist you with putting an affordable program together today.

Contact Mackin Today!

Mackin Customer Service
Phone: 800.245.9540

Mackin Sales Consultant
Mindy Romero, Iowa Sales Consultant
Phone: 319.899.9717

Friday, March 20, 2020

New STEM for 2020

Drone enthusiast? Code you can wear? Internet-of- Things (IoT)? Innovative makerspaces? Have we got your interest? We sure hope so! Head on over to Pitsco Education's blog and check our their "2020 Big Book roundup" post to see what we're talking about.

2020 is sure to bring some pretty awesome things to life!

AEA Purchasing is proud to partner with Pitsco Education. Reference bid code 716331 on all orders to receive additional contract savings.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Vendor Feature:

Since 1956, has delivered office and classroom supplies to schools across the country along with little extras that allow you to treat your students, staff and budget. 

Special Pricing for AEA Purchasing Members

As an AEA member, you receive locked in bid pricing on almost 700 items!  In addition to the locked in items, offers catalog discounts in almost every category, providing competitive pricing across the board to help your organization.  Visit the AEA Purchasing Website to see all of your discounts!

Beyond Just a Great Price

What sets Quill apart is our passion for making every order a rewarding one for you and your school. We take pride in helping you create a positive and caring atmosphere for your staff and students, and our in-house customer service team is ready to help resolve any issue in real time.

With Quill, you can always count on:

The supplies, of course.  Count on Quill for your old favorites plus the latest in school supplies—over 4,000 new products added in the past year alone.

Savings and free gifts. With Quill, you’ll get the supplies you need plus a little extra.  Just visit our Coupon Center to find dozens of free gifts to treat your team with, plus extra savings for your budget.

Expert and accessible support. No matter the issue, we’re always happy to help—we promise attentive support and quick resolutions. Plus, we’re easy to talk to!

Fast, free delivery. Products marked with our Quick Ship icon are guaranteed to be delivered in 1-2 business days. For AEA Purchasing, there are no minimum order requirements.  We are an Illinois based company and have distribution centers throughout the country to get you your orders quickly and efficiently.

Future Ship delivery. Schedule delivery up to four months in advance—no billing until the order is shipped. A popular tool for back-to-school planning.

Quote opportunities.  When special projects arise, you can reach out to us for a quote on a price on larger purchases. Just reach out to Cameron Shapiro (his contact information is below).

Start shopping on the AEA Purchasing Marketplace!

If you have any questions about how Quill can best meet your needs, please reach out to our Contract Manager. He’ll be happy to help!

Cameron Shapiro

Friday, March 13, 2020

Interested in STEM? Check Out Hand2Mind!

Is your school interested in authentic STEM education curriculum and support? Have you heard of Hand2Mind? Check out this company review from Andrew Raupp, founder of

Through a partnership with AEA Purchasing, Hand2Mind offers discounts on their products to Iowa educators. Visit their profile page on our site to learn more!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Vendor Profile: BioCorporation

Brand new to the AEA Purchasing lineup is not only a NEW vendor partner, but a NEW offering for savings!

Welcome, Bio Corporation!

Awarded through our participation with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies -- AEPA, AEA Purchasing is now excited to offer contracted savings on preserved and dissection specimens, specimen displays and other related resources offer by BioCorporation (

Benefits of this contract include:

  • 5% off catalog pricing
  • Free UPS ground shipping on orders of $50+
    *Pail packaging and live material excluded

For more information on the contract and how your school can start saving today, visit Bio Corporation's profile on the AEA Purchasing website.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Program Feature: Athletics & PE

Our Athletics & PE contracts cover everything your school needs to keep your PE classes and athletic teams performing at their best.

From ​kickballs and ​basketball hoops to ​sports medicine and ​gym lockers, we've got the items you need at a savings you can appreciate.

Click on a vendor name below to learn more.

Athletics Equipment
H&B Specialized Products
Schutt Sports
Partac Peat
Sportime (A School Specialty company)

Bleachers and Seating


Gym/PE Lockers
H&B Specialized Products


Sports Medicine
School Health
School Nurse Supply
Sportime (A School Specialty company)

Got questions? Email Joni!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Vendor Profile: Facility Solutions Group (FSG)

Did you know facility lighting upgrades can...
-- Save energy = save $$?
-- Help avoid costly maintenance?
-- Improve working and learning environments?
-- Increase school safety?

Facility Solutions Group (FSG) is a vendor partner with AEA Purchasing that specializes in lighting and electrical products and services. As one of the largest lighting distributors in the United States, FSG gives you access to
most major brands and products at competitive contract prices.

Special pricing has been negotiated for Iowa schools via AEA Purchasing and AEPA. For more information on the FSG contract, visit the FSG profile page on the AEA Purchasing website.

Monday, March 2, 2020

It's National School Breakfast Week!

This week AEA Purchasing is joining school cafeterias across the nation in celebrating National School Breakfast Week!

For resources on how your school can participate in the fun, be sure to visit the School Nutrition Association's website!

To  learn how AEA Purchasing an help increase participation in your school breakfast program and save money while doing so, check out the benefits of our Foodservice purchasing program or contact Meg Brink, RD, LD.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Camcor Offers HALO IOT Smart Sensor

Is vaping a problem at your school? Are you considering your options to get ahead of a potential problem? AEA Purchasing partner, Camcor, Inc., is now offering the HALO IOT Smart Sensor under contract!

The HALO IOT Smart Sensor is a multi-sensor device capable of detecting vape, smoke, THC and sound abnormalities like shouting in areas where a camera cannot be placed (bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.). Additional sensors give HALO the ability to monitor air quality for temperature, humidity, hazardous chemicals, etc.

With 12 unique detection sensors that work in conjunction to detect a multitude of measurements with unlimited customization, the HALO IOT Smart Sensor can be used to detect and monitor varying situations:

  • Student vape detection in classrooms, locker rooms, bathrooms
  • Staff and guest smoking and vaping detection
  • Abnormal sound detection like gunshot and glass break throughout school buildings
  • Abnormal sound detection for aggressive behavior and bullying in locker rooms, classrooms, stairwells
  • Gas and smoke detection
  • Chemical levels and spills in custodial closets, cafeterias, science labs, art rooms
  • Temperature, humidity, moisture to prevent mold and illness

It's also the only vape detector on the market today that can detect THC oil.

For more product details and/or to request a quote using the AEA Purchasing contract, contact:

Be sure to reference 'STB2020AEAPURCHwhen contacting the vendor.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Vendor Profile: Romtec

Do your outdoor concession stands need some TLC? Is your school in need of an aquatic building or storm shelter? Are you looking to save money on your next outdoor utility building or structure? If so, you've come to the right place!

Romtec is a newer vendor partner with AEA Purchasing that specializes in the design, manufacturing and installation of pre-engineered restrooms, shelters, aquatic buildings, and other public utility structures of all sorts and sizes.

As no two projects are alike, Romtec is accustomed to working with many unique customer requirements. From ADA compliance to matching existing buildings, Romtec has the design expertise and the industry experience to meet any and all needs.

Curious as to what they have to offer? Download a digital product catalog here.

Special pricing has been negotiated for Iowa schools via AEA Purchasing and AEPA. For more information or to obtain a quote on a solution that best fits your needs, contact Kris Lamar! Reference "AEPA IFB 019.5-B" on all communication.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Vendor Profile: Dreambox

Have you heard of Dreambox Learning? If you're looking for a personalized math learning experience, then you've come to the right place!

DreamBox® Learning provides teachers, students and users with lessons that differentiate content, pace, and sequence for the highest levels of student achievement. Driven by Intelligent Adaptive Learning technology, students benefit from a rigorous K–8 math curriculum that supports the Iowa core standards in an engaging, game-like environment with real-time feedback.

Need further convincing? Check out the Teacher Tools on to try free DreamBox K-8 math virtual manipulatives with your students.

Special pricing has been negotiated for Iowa schools via AEA Purchasing! For more informaton or to obtain a quote on a solution that best fits your needs, email Kareem Smith. Reference "IAAEA1" on all communication.

PDF: Dreambox is Fully Aligned to Iowa Core Mathematics!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dreambox Announces Alignment with Iowa Core Math Standards!

Dreambox, an AEA Purchasing contracted vendor, is announcing alignment with Iowa Core Mathematics state standards..

Learn more here!

DreamBox® Learning provides a personalized math learning experience with lessons that differentiate content, pace, and sequence for the highest levels of student achievement. Driven by Intelligent Adaptive Learning technology, students benefit from a rigorous K–8 math curriculum that supports the Common Core and other standards, an engaging, game-like environment, and real-time feedback.

Special pricing has been negotiated for Iowa's schools through AEA Purchasing! Contact Kareem Smith for more information. Reference "IAAEA1" on all communication.