Congratulations to the Albia Community School District and Des Moines Hoover High School for being two of the 12 STEM BEST/RLE programs awarded across the state. Each will receive $25,000 grants for STEM education programs, to be matched by the home district.
So what makes these two programs unique?
Albia Community School District
Albia’s efforts focused on a Redesigned Learning Environment (RLE). This smaller, rural district is housed in such a way that the room will be used by grades 3-12. In addition, the district’s proposal went well beyond STEM’s traditional reach and included elementary reading and social studies. Community and business partners demonstrated strong support of the district’s current and future efforts.
Hoover High School–Des Moines Community School District
Hoover’s program will focus on growing their RLE Classroom by incorporating the Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST) model. The proposal proposed expanding opportunities for authentic research experiences in the community, which integrate and enhance Hoover’s current STEM offerings. In Hoover’s STEM Academy, the diversity of participation closely correlates to the numbers represented in the school’s total population, including ELL, special needs, gender and minority affiliation. This creates a solid foundation in STEM for all.
Albia and Hoover will become models for other interested districts. If you would like more information on STEM BEST/RLE or would like to visit once programs are up and running, contact Dr. Sarah Derry email@example.com.