STEM BEST Program Gets Boost from Expert Mentors

2021-2022 STEM BEST Program mentors play a critical role in supporting the expansion of work-based learning in Iowa.
From resources and webinars to workshops and handbooks, the STEM Council provides a strong support system to assist STEM BEST Programs throughout the year. These supports are made possible through the valiant efforts of the team, including STEM Council Program Coordinator Tanya Hunt and the STEM BEST Program mentors.

Return on Investment for STEM BESTs

Graduates from the STEM Council’s STEM BEST Program models across Iowa cited these “lasting impressions” of their involvement.

"STEM BEST has provided me the skills and techniques necessary to handle a large variety of problems in my life, as well as improved my social skills. Read more about Return on Investment for STEM BESTs

Insider Look at Launching a STEM BEST Program

Tips for implementing authentic learning for students through the STEM BEST Program.
Authentic learning experiences allow students to gain important life skills at an early age, while equipping them for future education and employment opportunities. STEM BEST Program partner, Rachael Strong of North Fayette Valley, worked with Keystone Area Education Agency to develop a video about how to implement authentic learning for students through the STEM BEST Program.

STEM BEST Application Opens

Students learning about robots

The STEM Council is now accepting applications for the STEM BEST (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) Program, which brings schools and businesses together to provide students with real workplace experiences while earning academic credits. The opportunity is available to Iowa public and non-public school districts and buildings serving students in grades K-12. Read more about STEM BEST Application Opens

Authentic Learning Bootcamp Takes Education to the Next Level

Authentic Learning Bootcamp offers a great, self-paced option for educators interested in applying for the STEM BEST Program.

At the heart of the STEM BEST Program is authentic learning and business-education partnerships. It seems a natural fit to partner and provide support and opportunities for development to Iowa’s educators, especially amidst a world with ever changing challenges. Read more about Authentic Learning Bootcamp Takes Education to the Next Level

Supporting Registered Apprenticeships in STEM

The STEM Council and Iowa Workforce Development hosted a Webinar “The Scoop on High School Registered Apprenticeships."
Inspiring Iowa’s young people to become innovative, enterprising contributors to our future workforce is part of the mission of the STEM Council. The STEM BEST Program and high school Registered Apprenticeships both work towards this goal and offer work-based experiences in preparation for future careers.

Strength in STEM BEST Network

Students from BCLUW engage local business partners as part of their STEM BEST Program.
The STEM acronym goes beyond science, technology, engineering and mathematics and incorporates many other disciplines and skill sets for both students and educators. BCLUW High School Science Teacher Roberta Vanderah has experienced this first-hand through their STEM BEST Program.

Twelve STEM BEST Models Join Innovative Education Community

The 2018 STEM BEST partner Okoboji No Boundaries Leaving a Legacy team looks at blueprints of the new middle school.

Iowa’s STEM initiative continues to grow with 12 new STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Programs recognized, administered by the STEM Council. Read more about Twelve STEM BEST Models Join Innovative Education Community

Iowa’s STEM BEST Future Workforce

STEM BEST Programs Iowa BIG North and No Boundaries collaborate to provide opportunities for students.

Growing the number of community collaborations involving school and business partnerships through the STEM BEST Program continues to be a goal for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. By helping expand the learning continuum from school to careers, the benefits of this program have been felt throughout communities across Iowa. Read more about Iowa’s STEM BEST Future Workforce

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