Prairie High School teachers added a new tool to their toolbox for the current academic year. Students are getting the opportunity to gain a deeper experience in healthcare through a new Anatomage Table. This technologically advanced 3D anatomy visualization and virtual dissection tool was added through the STEM BEST® (Business Engaging Students and Teachers) Program in 2023.
“As part of our College Community Ag and Medical Career Pathways, this table will provide our students with an authentic and sustainable real-world learning experience that is relevant to multiple career pathways offered through our District’s career readiness program, Prairie Ready,” said Amber Osterkamp, Prairie High School curriculum lead for science and specials.
Prairie High School teachers and their students plan to engage community partners with use of the table to deepen the career connection, enhance the learning experience and strengthen relationships with steering committee members representing Kirkwood Community College, University of Iowa and Mount Mercy.
Communities seeking to grow collaboration between their schools and businesses will have the opportunity to get a jumpstart. The STEM BEST Program provides both expertise and funding to support the development of workplace-connected curriculum, the professional development of educators and employer partners to collaborate on lesson design and execution. Teachers and industry professionals are encouraged to design a work-based learning model that combines STEM subjects with hands-on learning experiences that highlight the essential skills needed in the workplace.
The STEM BEST Program application period will be open Oct. 2 - Dec. 13, 2023. Iowa public and non-public school districts and buildings serving students in grades K-12 are eligible to apply. For more information on the STEM BEST Program, please visit https://iowastem.org/STEMBEST.