STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers)
“Iowa companies must be able to hire enough skilled workers so they can grow and innovate, and more Iowans deserve to have the skills needed for rewarding careers. Through STEM BEST, educators and business leaders work together with students to strengthen Iowa’s talent pipeline and close the skills gap. STEM BEST is one of many programs that promise to help reach our Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025.”
-Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council
Since 2014, The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has awarded thirty-seven (37) STEM BEST programs with an opportunity to grow a series of community collaborations involving school+business partnerships. The goal of the STEM BEST award is to encourage education and industry to work together to design curriculum and projects to better prepare students for STEM careers in their communities.
Congratulations to Spirit Lake Middle School, recipient of the 2017-18 STEM BEST® Award in the NW STEM Region.
The Spirit Lake Middle School STEM BEST® program will be led by Rick Reinking, Director of Strategic Partnerships/K-12 STEAM at the Spirit Lake School District. The goal is to create a multi-purpose educational makerspace that connects school with community. The makerspace concept provides hands-on, creative activities that allow students to innovate while engaging them in deep learning in all academic disciplines. The STEM BEST® award will support purchasing furniture and technology to create a contemporary presentation area designed to provide accessibility, mobility and inspiration within the makerspace. Connecting with local businesses and nonprofits to raise STEM career awareness and job skills are also priorities. The end goal is to establish a public asset Makerspace that will deliver STEM opportunities not only to Spirit Lake students but also to the community.
Click here for a list for more information on the Iowa STEM BEST® program application.