STEM BEST Program students explore opportunities available in the local healthcare industry.

STEM BEST Expansion Leads to New School+Business Partnerships

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.
 
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Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed 22 new members to the STEM Advisory Council.

New Council Members Join Quest to Advance STEM in Iowa

Among the attributes that distinguish Iowa’s STEM education progress nationally, outstanding members who make up the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council figures prominently. Dedicated stakeholders from education, business and industry, nonprofits, agencies and legislature serve under the leadership of co-chairs Gov. Kim Reynolds and Accumold President and CEO Roger Hargens.
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St. Theresa in Des Moines was named a STEM BEST Program partner in 2018. The award funds helped open a Makerspace.

Nineteen STEM BEST Models Taking it Up a Notch

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.

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The latest STEM Gem poster features Youth and Special Services Librarian Tyler Hahn.

Iowa’s Latest STEM Gem to Provide Career Inspiration

Nearly every career path has STEM components that are integral to the job, even careers that are often not associated as having an emphasis on STEM. For Tyler Hahn and the Cherokee Public Library, STEM has opened doors of possibility.

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Iowa STEM Council Corporate Partners

Iowans Well-Served by STEM Public-Private Partnership

The STEM Council engages nearly 100,000 students and thousands of educators each year to increase interest and achievement in STEM studies and careers through programs, events and messaging.

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Students participate in Pint Size Science

What a Difference a Year Makes: STEM in 2019

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.

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STEM BEST® Program model Ankeny Orbis spoke with school board members and administrators at the IASB Convention.

Growing STEM BEST ® Community Invites New Partners

The STEM BEST® Program continues to demonstrate momentum through growth and impact of the program in school districts across Iowa. Of 63 total STEM BEST® Program awards, there are a total of 58 models involving 83 school districts and more than 5,000 students that formed more than 1,300 workplace partnerships from 2014 to 2019.

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Bob Grant, a mathematics teacher at Storm Lake High School, completed a STEM Teacher Externship in 2019

Workplace Hosts Needed for Expanding Externships Program

Planning for the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program is gearing up for Summer 2020. Each summer, educators are matched with business hosts where they learn about career opportunities that use the skills students are learning in the classroom while addressing needs of local workplaces.

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Students at Kingsley-Pierson Elementary take part in the Computer Science is Elementary project

Compute to Compete: 12 Elementary Schools Blaze a Trail

Planning and implementation are well under way for 12 awarded Computer Science is Elementary schools, a joint project of the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. For Kingsley-Pierson Elementary, students are already building confidence in computer science after only a couple months of implementing computer science into the elementary curriculum.

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John Glenn Elementary Makerspace made possible through STEM Council Scale-Up Program

Scale-Up Starts a STEM Buzz at School

When John Glenn Elementary fourth grade teacher Jarrett Bertog applied for the STEM Scale-Up Program Making STEM Connections provided by the Science Center of Iowa, he was looking for ways to incorporate hands-on STEM learning into his classroom curriculum. He hadn’t imagined that it would turn into a school-wide makerspace. 

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