STEM BEST Program

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.
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20th meeting of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council held at Accumold in Ankeny.

On a Mission: STEM Advisory Council Meets to Discuss Path Forward

A world leader in high precision micro molding, Accumold hosted leaders in higher education, business, PreK-12 educators, state and local government officials to discuss molding the future of the STEM Council as part of a recent convening of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
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Dr. Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, was the keynote speaker at the 2019 STEM Teacher Externship Forum.

Celebrating Ten Years of STEM Teacher Externships

The 2019 STEM Teacher Externship Forum capped another record-breaking summer and the tenth year of STEM Teacher Externships. Nearly 100 teacher externs, extern mentors and workplace hosts attended the event held at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus (DMACC). 
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Tricia Reichert, science teacher at Emmetsburg High School, is a STEM Teacher Extern at MaxYield Cooperative

Seeing More in Your Fields Through STEM Teacher Externships

Tricia Reichert, Emmetsburg High School science teacher, is completing a six-week Iowa STEM Teacher Externship with MaxYield Cooperative this summer.

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Educators take part in STEM Scale-Up PD

Summer Scale-Up Professional Development Heats Up in July

As the weather heats up in July, so does the professional development trainings for the STEM Scale-Up Program. More than 1,200 Iowa educators will be taking part in these trainings to prepare for implementation of a Scale-Up Program during the coming school year. 

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

STEM BEST Program Sparks Success in Iowa Schools

As part of the STEM BEST® Program, Ottumwa High School launched SparkTank in August 2018.

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Students participate in computer science learning

Computer Science is Elementary Adds Six More Schools

Six additional elementary schools received $50,000 grants each to transform themselves into models of innovative computer science instruction through a joint project of the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
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Iowa STEM Regional Managers

Regional STEM Managers Translate Policy into Practice

This coming summer, hundreds of Iowa educators will participate in professional development associated with the STEM Scale-Up Program of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
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Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Tenth Year a Record-Setter for Teacher Externships

Ten years ago, ten Iowa workplaces took a leap of faith, inviting high school STEM teachers into shops, plants, labs, worksites and offices for six-week externships.
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STEM BEST Program

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 Engagin
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