#innovationIOWA Governor’s STEM council honors Hoover High, 11 others


The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has honored 12 Iowa high schools as STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) and STEM RLE (Redesigned Learning Environment) models across Iowa.

Des Moines’ Hoover High School was named a STEM BEST school where schools and business work together to encourage careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

“The STEM BEST model allows students to experience a local industry or business environment firsthand that exposes them to STEM career opportunities right in their backyards,”  Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the STEM Council, said in a statement.

Since 2014, the STEM Council has established four STEM RLE and five STEM BEST models that  serve as examples of these business-education partnerships.

In all, $300,000 from state and private funds is divided equally among these 12 awardees so they can buy equipment and provide teacher training.


  • Charles City Community School District.
  • Davenport Community School District.
  • Des Moines Hoover High School.


  • Lincoln Intermediate Schoo, Mason Cityl.
  • Dubuque Community School District.
  • North Tama County Community School District.
  • Carroll High School.
  • Western Christian High School, Hull
  • Albia Community School District.
  • West Branch Community School District.
  • Corning Elementary School.
  • Hamburg Community School District.

Each selected program submitted an in-depth proposal, considering factors like education driven by business and industry needs, STEM curriculum and partnerships. Read more

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