The Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council has awarded 13 new STEM BEST projects across Iowa to bring the total to 50 since 2014.

BEST stands for Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers.

The STEM BEST Program fosters a learning environment where students are able to participate in real workplace projects designed by business professionals and teachers and apply K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics to skills, knowledge and behaviors needed for STEM careers.

Woodbine Community School was chosen for the Southwest STEM Region.

The STEM Council Executive Committee gives $25,000 for the project. And the partner, in this case the School, is responsible for putting together the match through in-kind and partnership support dollars.

Deb Sprecker, executive director of the Woodbine Main Street organization; and Shawna Harris and Tracy Kelley, staff members at the School, wrote the grant.

Chris Anderson, superintendent of the School, wants to give a big “thank you” to these three individuals for making this happen.