Next Generation: Star Trek and Science Standards

West Sound STEM Network Director Dr. Kareen Borders may be the only person (on this planet, anyway) who can get me excited about working late. That’s because Kareen called me with news that she had the fortune of working with Kim Mays (General Manager, Galaxy Theatres Uptown Gig Harbor) who worked with Paramount Pictures to […]

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5th Grade Teachers Launch Catapults (and Engineering Education).

    Washington STEM and Washington MESA launched the Engineering Fellows program to increase engineering education efforts throughout the state focusing on King County and the Yakima Valley. Engineering Fellows is a highly competitive program that brings engineering expertise directly into fifth grade classrooms around the state. Thirty fifth grade teachers from the Yakima Valley […]

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Equity & STEM: An Interview with Dr. Gregory King, Tukwila School District

Washington STEM designed the STEM Learning Tours to create an immersive experience around equity, access, and shared learning standards. The tours involved 1000 plus miles to numerous communities, schools, and cities across Washington. One of the most important components of those trips were the 80 ambassadors that signed up for this journey and chose to […]

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I was the student I am trying to reach: Reflections on Career Connected Learning

This guest post includes excerpts of a speech by Long Dinh, the co-facilitator of the Student Design Team for the Washington STEM Career Connected Learning Initiative. Washington STEM’s Career Connected Learning Initiative works to open doors for Washington’s young people by increasing the availability, quality, and opportunity for real-world, career connected learning opportunities that will […]

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State Grants Create New STEM Learning Spaces

There are some truly creative educators throughout Washington teaching STEM education with a bare minimum of resources. At River View High School in Kennewick, Ms. Yochum is teaching science using water tubs in an old bus barn. At Centralia High School, students are creating scientific models on computers housed in a tight storage space. Robotics […]

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From Idea to Implementation: the Washington STEM Learning Tours

Recently, Washington STEM and 80 plus educators, administrators, non-profit leaders, community advocates, and business leaders took part in the first ever in-state Washington STEM Learning Tours. The Learning Tours consisted of two separate bus trips that took participants all around the Puget Sound and across Washington. Participants logged over 1000 miles between the two excursions […]

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What Does an Engineer Look Like?

This fall, a group of sixth grade students in Spokane received the assignment “Draw, color, and label a full size picture of what you think an engineer looks like. You must include every detail from their toes and if necessary label anything you feel needs to be explained in more detail.”   Most students in […]

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