STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
- Science: Study of the nature of the universe
- Technology: Applying information to the design of goods and services
- Engineering: Application of knowledge for the benefit of humanity
- Mathematics: Universal language of nature
The goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement is critical to regaining Iowa's historic legacy as a leader in education and workforce development. In fact, STEM is a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth in our state. STEM graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs.
Created with the goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement, the STEM Council is a collaboration of bipartisan Iowa legislators, educators, business, nonprofits, students and families focused on improving STEM opportunities and awareness from Iowa. (Iowa Stem, www.iowastem.gov/about, 2015)
The Osage Community Schools achieved the STEM Best Grant in the Spring of 2015 in the amount of $25,000 to partner and collaborate with four other area school districts to form what is known as Iowa BIG North. Youth participating in Iowa BIG North earn credits toward school while making an impact within their communities. Outbound project are ideas generated by students with potential non-profits they would like to form in an effort to bring new ingenuity into the marketplace. Other times students may meet with area businesses who are seeking a creative and innovative solution to a problem.