Guidelines for School+Business Partnerships in STEM
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership representing education, business and industry, nonprofits, students and families, and state government. It is focused on raising student interest and achievement in STEM subjects and improving STEM economic development in Iowa.
The “Guidelines for School+Business Partnerships in STEM” lists programs that engage business and education through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Iowa businesses are invited to invest in a variety of ways, whether in the form of time, talents, or in some instances, treasures. By working together we can elevate STEM education in Iowa.
Greatness STEMs from Partnerships
Positive change in the quality of our workforce comes from STEM education. Partnerships with businesses, nonprofit organizations and industries are very important in STEM education.
STEM is vital for economic development and quality job growth in Iowa. Interest and achievement in STEM disciplines advances Iowa’s workforce and economy. Business partners can accelerate the progression of STEM talent development by collaborating with educators, policymakers and students to improve strategies in STEM learning.
There are many benefits of engaging in STEM education partnerships.
|Benefits for Businesses||Benefits for Schools & Students|
|Boost employee morale||Introduce students to real-world application|
|Contribute to community vitality and economic development||Establish mentorships and support in their study of STEM education|
|Advance STEM learning by creating new educational experiences (business tours, job shadowing, etc.)|
|Create exposure and recognition of STEM professional careers available to students in Iowa|
Businesses can create partnerships based on the context, assets and interests of the organization. Each business is different and has varying abilities. It is important to understand the type of partnership you want to establish.
|Type of Partnership||Explanation & Example Activities|
|Experienced STEM Professional||
The experienced STEM professional helps students and teachers discover more STEM knowledge and skills.
Donations are helpful in education because materials, transportation, meals, and much more add up quickly.
Building community support and excitement about STEM is important to the lives of today’s students and their future. The STEM Supporter helps develop and deliver a consistent message about the importance of STEM.