The program is a partnership between Iowa State University, Denison Community School District and Farmland Foods through Smithfield Foods/Learners to Leaders. The partnership between the Denison Community School District and Iowa State’s Science Bound has spanned more than 10 years.
The Denison Science Bound program began in 2007 with funding from Smithfield Foods. Smithfield has remained the program’s primary funding source.
In 2017-2018 the high school program adopted a robotics theme, and students learned how to build and program their robots, with the unit ending in a competition.
Middle school students began the year with an orientation in Ogden with 8th grade students from Marshalltown, then they competed in a series of team-building ASTEM challenges, including the Marshmallow Tower and water bottle flipping. Students also created their own clean water filter systems.