Keokuk & Ottumwa Awarded 2018 STEM Best


STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) focuses on teachers and industry professionals working side-by-side to craft curriculum and projects that prepare students for exciting STEM careers local to their community in manufacturing, information technology, bioscience (agriculture and medicine), finance, and more.

The STEM Council Executive Committee voted unanimously in October 2018 to award 13 competitively-selected school partnerships. Awards are used for equipping collaborative workspaces, educator training, and development in workplace-classroom integration, and curriculum development and coordination.

Congratulations to the two Districts in GPAEA Awarded 2018 STEM Best:

Keokuk Community School District in the Southeast STEM Region

The Keokuk Community School District will create an active learning center to include learning hubs, flexible seating and technology. This will provide a sophisticated space for students to interact with professionals to develop soft skills, job awareness and community partnerships.

Contact: Heidi Harness at

Ottumwa Community School District in the South Central STEM Region

Ottumwa Community School District will expand their SparkTank program, which provides an off-campus, hands-on learning to link instruction with authentic work experiences through partnerships with local employers. The district will add two additional strands, STEM summer camp experiences for middle and high school students and professional development for teachers to incorporate more career exploration opportunities.

Contact: Kim Hellige at

GPAEA also wishes to congratulate the other Districts awarded this year: Allamakee Community School District; Belle Plaine School District; CAM CSD; Cedar Falls Community School District; Central Community School District; Des Moines Independent Community School District; No boundaries and Iowa’s Middles; Sioux City Community School District; St. Mary School (Humboldt); St. Theresa School (Des Moines); and Woodbine Community School District.

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