School + Business STEM Partnerships Reach 37

School leaders gather to discuss STEM BEST

What began as a hunt for innovative excellence that routed through Kansas City's CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) and Brooklyn, New York's P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) in 2013 has become a bona fide movement custom-fitted to Iowa: STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers).  Read more about School + Business STEM Partnerships Reach 37

Iowa's First-Ever STEM Professional Development Palooza

Educators at Waukee Innovative Learning Center

They came from all four corners of the state, representing elementary, middle and high school as well as college and out-of-school learning. All shared a common curiosity: how to amplify STEM in their classrooms and communities. Read more about Iowa's First-Ever STEM Professional Development Palooza

STEM BEST: Fort Madison High School

Fort Madison high school students

"Our community partners were reinforcing the idea that students needed to learn in a way consistent with the current world of work," said Greg Smith, principal at Fort Madison High School. "They agreed with us that to be successful as adults, students needed to practice problem-solving in group settings. Read more about STEM BEST: Fort Madison High School

STEM BEST: DelCo BEST

DelCo BEST students talk with STEM BEST Partner

STEM BEST® is a win-win-win. It creates projects for students to explore their passions. It opens doors for businesses to contribute to career awareness and shape the future workforce. It presents examples for teachers to connect content areas to the jobs outside school walls. Read more about STEM BEST: DelCo BEST

Iowa STEM BEST Partner brings STEM reality to the classroom

Assumption High School students experiencing virtual reality made possible by the STEM Best award.

“It’s making learning real.”

This is how Wendy Martin, a science teacher at Assumption High School in Davenport, talks about how her school’s STEM BEST partnership with VictoryVR, a Quad Cities technology company, is changing the way students learn about STEM careers. Read more about Iowa STEM BEST Partner brings STEM reality to the classroom

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Mary Trent to serve as northwest regional STEM manager

Mary Trent

Starting in mid-March, Mary Trent will serve as the northwest regional STEM manager headquartered at Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC). Read more about Mary Trent to serve as northwest regional STEM manager

STEM BEST® Partners triple in two years

STEM BEST Juniors and Seniors

Around this same time in 2014, the STEM Council first welcomed the inaugural five STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Partners to the team. Read more about STEM BEST® Partners triple in two years

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STEM BEST® Partner: “INSPIRE” at Davenport West High School

“Davenport West High School is working to ensure that the coursework offered is reflective of community needs and meant to graduate students into post-secondary programs that further their manufacturing education, with eventual placement in local jobs that strengthen the industry in the Quad Cities,” said Jennifer Boyd, curriculum specialist for Davenport West High School’s “INSPIRE” program. Read more about STEM BEST® Partner: “INSPIRE” at Davenport West High School

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