2014 STEM BEST® Partners

STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) focuses on teachers and industry professionals working side-by-side to craft curriculum and projects that prepare students for exciting STEM careers local to their community in manufacturing, information technology, bioscience (agriculture and medicine), finance, and more.

The STEM Council Executive Committee voted unanimously in December 2014 to disburse $150,000 in cost-shared funds to the five competitively-selected school partnerships, bringing to the table a total cost-share commitment of $773,509. The 2014 partners are:

Bettendorf/Pleasant Valley

Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley School districts are developing an internship Academy structure with local business on authentic computer science problems and solutions.

Contact: Tammy Chelf at tchelf@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

Cedar Rapids/College Community (or Iowa BIG)

Iowa BIG is an option for earning core academic credit through project-based learning in real-time with 100+ partners from business, nonprofit and government agencies. 

Contact: Shawn Cornally at headmasteriowabig@gmail.com

Kirkwood CC/University of Iowa/Clear Creek Amana/Iowa City/Regina/Solon/Tipton/West Branch/College Community

STEM Innovator course offered at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa research park open to students from seven partner school districts to engage with STEM industry partners to develop solutions to problems of student and community interest. Students earn high school, Kirkwood Community College and University of Iowa credit.

Contact: Leslie Flynn at leslie-flynn@uiowa.edu

Northeast Community School District in Goose Lake

The Northeast STEM program provides students with an innovative, problem solving and discovery-based environment created in partnership with Lyondell Bassell that focuses on authentic, real-world problems through the infusion of technology and curriculum.

Contact: Alicia Christiansen at Alicia.christiansen@northeast.k12.ia.us

Rock Valley (or Rocket Manufacturing)

Rocket Manufacturing is a fully-functioning, student-run manufacturer that works with local businesses by crafting metal-machined parts and tools that businesses or individuals request. Students do the marketing, accounting, design, production and customer communications as well.

Contact: Chad Janzen at cjanzen@rvcsd.org