Do you want to be a part of our SparkTank Student Associate Team?

We offer six different career strands and endless project opportunities for you to gain experience in technical and professional settings.

About Us

SparkTank is an
program where students engage in
learning experiences while learning
skills as they complete real-world projects.

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I would recommend SparkTank to others because of the knowledge and experience that can be gained from it. There are many times when a student in class has wondered, "When will I ever use this?" In SparkTank, not only do you learn professional skills, you also get the chance to use and improve them, and I think that is one of the coolest things about this program.

Katie Stroh

My favorite part about SparkTank would have to be the freedom. We aren’t confined to sitting in our rectangular shaped desks that are exactly the same, doing and learning the same thing as the person sitting next to you as the instructor lectures you.We get to choose what we focus on and what skills we learn generally. We have a list of projects to pick and choose from for the semester, meaning the teacher doesn’t really tell us what to do at all.

Caleb Barndt

My favorite part of SparkTank is the friendships we have created. When you spend at least 3 hours with one another each day, you go through the highs and lows you will get mad at one another and they will be times you laugh together. We definitely created some strong relationships through the course of the year.

Jonathan Bossou

Our Team

Jeff Kirby

Riley Guest

Nancy Van Wyk

Brett Graham

Trevor Smith

Dave Becker

Cindee Reed

Had a great time facilitating an overview session on agile scrum for @spark_tank 's aspiring young professionals! I can't wait to see what students accomplish this year in this innovative #authenticlearning program! @GPAEA @AEAlearning @IowaALN

One of our favorite projects from last year has come to completion- the Ottumwa Welcome Book designed by our students has been PRINTED! #authenticlearning

Rosie and Perla continued work on our website that was started by last year’s associates. They not only made it look cool and concise but also learned about each of our partners and projects. We look forward to adding to their pages! #sparktankspotlight

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