Twelve STEM BEST Models Join Innovative Education Community

The 2018 STEM BEST partner Okoboji No Boundaries Leaving a Legacy team looks at blueprints of the new middle school.

Iowa’s STEM initiative continues to grow with 12 new STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Programs recognized, administered by the STEM Council. Read more about Twelve STEM BEST Models Join Innovative Education Community

Iowa’s STEM BEST Future Workforce

STEM BEST Programs Iowa BIG North and No Boundaries collaborate to provide opportunities for students.

Growing the number of community collaborations involving school and business partnerships through the STEM BEST Program continues to be a goal for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. By helping expand the learning continuum from school to careers, the benefits of this program have been felt throughout communities across Iowa. Read more about Iowa’s STEM BEST Future Workforce

Far Reaching Benefits of STEM BEST


Still contemplating applying to become a STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) Program? Jeff Grebin from Stanton Community School District, an awardee of the 2019-2020 STEM BEST Program in Southwest Iowa, shares genuine experience in deciding to take the leap and complete an application for STEM BEST Program award. Read more about Far Reaching Benefits of STEM BEST

Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

 Students from Saint Albert Catholic Schools received hands-on experience with robot-assisted technology in Council Bluffs.
Today’s students will be the innovators and enterprising members of our future workforce, leading change in unprecedented circumstances and rising to meet the needs of our communities.

STEM BEST Expansion Leads to New School+Business Partnerships

STEM BEST Program students explore opportunities available in the local healthcare industry.
With 58 STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) models now operating throughout the state, chances are good that you are within driving distance of one or more. These invaluable work-based learning opportunities for students have grown to include nearly 100 school districts and more than 500 employers and other community partners.

Nineteen STEM BEST Models Taking it Up a Notch

St. Theresa in Des Moines was named a STEM BEST Program partner in 2018. The award funds helped open a Makerspace.

Building a culture to grow and expand workplace experiences, the STEM BEST Program encourages teachers and industry professionals to work side-by-side on curriculum and projects that give students actual workplace experience and an understanding of the opportunities and required skills for careers in STEM fields. Read more about Nineteen STEM BEST Models Taking it Up a Notch

What a Difference a Year Makes: STEM in 2019

Students participate in Pint Size Science

In 2019, the STEM Council provided countless opportunities to educators to help inspire Iowa’s young people to become innovative, enterprising contributors to our future workforce and the quality of life in our communities. Here are a few highlights. Read more about What a Difference a Year Makes: STEM in 2019

STEM BEST Expands the Learning Continuum from School to Careers

The close of the school year marked another STEM-tastic year of businesses engaging students and teachers. Thirteen new STEM BEST Programs were awarded to school districts across Iowa in 2018-2019. A total of 18 different school districts were recipients or created partnerships with neighboring districts to create their STEM BEST model.

STEM BEST Program Sparks Success in Iowa Schools

Ottumwa High School SparkTank, a STEM BEST® Program model, assisted Wapello County Emergency Management Agency with the developm

As part of the STEM BEST® Program, Ottumwa High School launched SparkTank in August 2018. This project-based experience connects students with local businesses and organizations, allowing students to solve real problems in authentic learning environments, while becoming immersed in a professional culture. Read more about STEM BEST Program Sparks Success in Iowa Schools

Bridging Business and Education through STEM BEST

Currently, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is accepting applicationsfor new STEM work-based learning models, known as the Iowa STEM BEST®(Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program A total of 50 STEM BEST® Programs ha
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