STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers)
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has awarded 18 STEM BEST® programs since 2014 with an opportunity to grow a series of community collaborations involving school+business partnerships.
Each awardee demonstrated through a rigorous proposal process substantive commitments on the part of school and business stakeholders to bridge these two cultures through education programs deeply interwoven with business applications. Working side-by-side, teachers and industry professionals will craft curriculum and projects that prepare students for exciting career pathways in the STEM fields of manufacturing, information technology, bioscience (agriculture and medicine), finance, and more.
“The STEM BEST satellite model will allow students to experience the industry or business environment firsthand. That experience is vital to prepare students for STEM success in college or career training after high school, and it allows business and industry to introduce students to outstanding career opportunities.”
–Governor Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council
Then, in 2015, the STEM Council distributed a dual proposal seeking partners for either a STEM BEST or STEM RLE to meet the demands of various school district and community needs. The STEM Council awarded 12 models across the state, including three new STEM BEST models that are scheduled to launch in August 2016.
In November 2016, the STEM Council awarded 10 new STEM BEST Partners—at least one in each of the six STEM regions. Models are currently being developed with the goal to launch the programs in August 2017.