STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers)


Governor Kim Reynolds announced on August 13 that Iowa’s STEM initiative continues to grow by making 12 new STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Program awards, administrated by the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council. A total of 75 new and expanded STEM BEST Programs have been awarded since 2014 involving more than 8,500 students across the state.

The STEM BEST Program provides support to school-business partnerships that bring teachers and industry professionals together to design a dynamic curriculum connected to future careers. This program opens the door for students to gain authentic workplace experience where they develop greater knowledge of the skills needed in STEM fields, such as advanced manufacturing, agriculture and health care.

“Providing students with access to STEM work-based learning experiences can transform their lives and have a real impact on Iowa’s future workforce,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair. “We deeply appreciate the dedication of educators and employers in communities across the state who together expose thousands of students to the skills needed in the workplace and the connection to classroom learning.”

The 12 new or expanded partnerships will receive up to $25,000 each. Participating employer partners may contribute a dollar-for-dollar match, with some going above and beyond the cost-share requirement. Awards can be used for curriculum development and coordination, educator training and development in workplace-classroom integration and preparing the work-based learning environment.


Congratulations to the 2021-22 STEM BEST grant recipients in Northeast Iowa;

  • Central Elementary School - Elkader
  • Don Bosco High School - Gilbertville
  • Kee High School - Lansing
  • Crestwood High School - Cresco
  • MFL MarMac High School - Monona
  • North Tama Elementary School - Traer
  • Wapsie Valey High School - Fairbank



Timeline for next round of applications:
  • March 14 2022- Application Opens
  • May 9, 2022 - Application Deadline
  • July 2022 - Awards announced
  • July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 - Implementation


STEM BEST schools in Northeast Iowa

  • Allamakee Community School District  (Awarded in 2018-19)
  • CF CAPS - Cedar Falls High School  (Awarded in 2018-19)
  • CF CAPS - Cedar Falls High School  (Awarded in 2017-18)
  • CF CAPS - Cedar Falls High School  (Awarded in 2020-21)
  • Clayton Co. BEST - Central Community School District  (Awarded in 2018-19)
  • Columbus High School - Cedar Valley Catholic Schools  (Awarded in 2020-21)
  • Iowa BIG North - New Hampton High School  (Awarded in 2015-16)
  • Iowa BIG North - Riceville High School   (Awarded in 2017-18)
  • Iowa BIG North - Turkey Valley High School   (Awarded in 2017-18)
  • Jesup CAPS - Jesup High School (Awarded in 2019-20)
  • New Hampton High School (Awarded in 2019-20)
  • North Fayette Valley Community School District  (Awarded in 2020-21)
  • Oelwein Huskies Project One - Oelwein High School  (Awarded in 2017-18)
  • DelCo BEST - West Delaware County High School (Awarded in 2016-17)
  • North Cedar Elementary - Cedar Falls Community School District  (Awarded in 2016-17)
  • Waterloo Career Center - Waterloo Community Schools (Awarded in 2019-20)

To learn more about Iowa STEM BEST, please visit