Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

2019 STEM BEST Program Application Period is Now Open

The Iowa STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program funds the creation and refining of meaningful work-based learning experiences and activities in the K-12 educational arena.

A total of 50 STEM BEST® Programs have been awarded throughout Iowa over the past five years. The goal of the STEM BEST® Program is to unite educators and employers to expand the learning continuum from school to careers. 

A hallmark of Iowa STEM education is the connection of classroom learning to meaning beyond the school walls. Overarching guidelines are provided to assist proposers. These guidelines allow for amble flexibility in design to encourage and support organic development of STEM BEST® Programs which match local strengths, challenges and resources. STEM BEST® Program models are open to K-12 public and non-public school applicants. Past STEM BEST® Program award recipients are eligible to apply for expanding current programs. Grant funding is up to $25,000 and pplicants are required to provide a 1:1 match. Helpful resources and guidelines in applying for a STEM BEST® Grant can be found here:

Applications are due September 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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