4,000-Pound HAAS Mini Mill Delivered to Valley — Thanks to Iowa STEM BEST Award
Last fall, the Iowa STEM BEST Program awarded Valley High School a $25,000 award toward the purchase of a HAAS Mini Mill.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the 4,000-pound machine made its way inside the school to its new home.
“The mill will expand our manufacturing lab to provide opportunities to students to build industry-specific skills as guided by our business partners, Kreg Tool Company and Corn States Metal Frabricators,” said Jim Martin, Valley instructional coach and curriculum lead for business and engineering technology.
The STEM Best Program supports school-business partnerships that allow teachers and industry professionals to work side-by-side on curriculum and projects that give students actual workplace experience and an understanding of the opportunities and required skills for careers in STEM fields. STEM BEST has also laid the groundwork for other successful statewide initiatives such as Future Ready Iowa’s Work-Based Learning Clearinghouse.
“When our young people engage in STEM fields, it can ignite a passion they never knew existed. The STEM Best Program transforms how students connect the classroom to future careers that exist in their community,” said Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, in an Oct. 24, 2019, news release. “Expanding these valuable public-private partnerships will continue to have a powerful impact on our students’ success and Iowa’s skilled workforce.”
To be considered for a STEM BEST Program award, applicants were required to submit a comprehensive proposal that incorporates rigorous and relevant STEM curriculum, valuable partnerships with community businesses or organizations, real-world learning opportunities and expertise at the post-secondary education and training level.