The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the Iowa Department of Education is accepting applications for the STEM Business Engaging Students and Teachers Program, which aims to launch or expand models that create project-based learning opportunities and help students acquire high-demand skills. The STEM BEST Program provides expertise and funding to help teachers and industry professionals design project-based learning models that combine STEM subjects with hands-on experiences learning about different industries and businesses. Iowa public and nonpublic school districts and buildings serving students in grades K-12 may apply for the competitive grant opportunity, which offers awards up to $40,000. The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 13. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit