STEM Council Welcomes New STEM BEST Partners Across Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA – The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has awarded 19 new STEM BEST Partnerships across Iowa.

STEM BEST Partners transform typical K-12 classroom environments and methods to unite the workplace with the classroom and develop clear pathways from STEM education to STEM careers in the state. From 2014 through 2016, the STEM Council established eighteen STEM BEST Partnerships that exemplify school-business partnerships uniting what is taught and learned in K-12 mathematics, science, technology and engineering classes with what skills, knowledge and behaviors are going to be needed at work.

The STEM Council’s executive committee voted unanimously last Thursday to award and support 19 of 31 proposed partnerships. Funds are to be used for equipping modern collaborative workspaces and training educators in workplace-classroom integration. Local awardees are:

  • Cedar Falls Community Schools in the Northeast STEM Region
  •  Charles City, New Hampton, Osage and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School in the Northeast STEM Region
  • Oelwein Community Schools in the Northeast STEM Region

Each selected program submitted an in-depth proposal, considering factors like education driven by industry need, relevant and dynamic STEM curriculum and authentic partnerships. These models bring various strengths in community partnerships, district demographics and program focus and will serve as models for others around the state.

To learn more about the model and the current eighteen STEM BEST partners, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/STEMBEST.

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