SparkTank Ignite

Students in this SparkTank program will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on 21st Century Employability Skills
  • Engage with the workforce and solve real world problems
  • Participate in a Project Based Experience
  • Explore different careers such as:
    – Engineering
    – Technology Communications
    – Manufacturing
    – Construction
    – Agriculture
    – Emerging Technologies
    – Business
    – Health and Human Services

The best part of being enrolled in SparkTank is we get many opportunities to learn about new technology and software while exploring career opportunities.

Day Day Poe, OHS Junior 2021

Businesses we’ve worked with:

  • Ottumwa Community School District
  • Legacy Foundation
  • Lemonade Days
  • Tenco Foundation
  • Babe Ruth Baseball

I have learned how to channel my frustration when a project does not work out to make it even better and the end product to be successful while also making sure everyone is happy with the product.

Tavia Swarney, OHS Senior 2020

Featured Project: FCS Coffee Cart

Mrs. Walker of Ottumwa High’s FCS department contacted the Ignite group to design and build a coffee cart for the FCS department to sell and provide coffee, tea, and rolls to staff members. The Ignite group took on the challenge and started from scratch, which included interviewing and having meetings with Mrs. Walker because she was the client. The students lead all those discussions. Next, they designed the cart and again presented a more finished design for Mrs. Walker’s approval. Manufacturing was facilitated by Bulldog Manufacturing at the high school. The finished cart was delivered on time. Asa, one of the associates, stated his favorite part of SparkTank was “definitely when I designed the coffee cart logo. That will last a long time and make a big impact after we graduate.”

If you have any questions, here’s a way to contact us!


Cindee Reed

Instructor of SparkTank Ignite

Contact Information

325 E Main Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Monday—Friday: 8:10AM–3:15PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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