Inspiring Words from an Inspiring Student

For those who were unable to attend the 5th Annual Washington STEM Summit on November 29th, we had such wonderful speakers who were incredibly inspiring. One such speaker was, Apars Walia is a freshman at the University of Washington studying Computer Science and Engineering. As a high school student, she was actively involved with Washington MESA […]

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The Engineering Fellows: An Engineer’s Perspective

Over the summer, Washington STEM, in partnership with Washington MESA, launched a new and innovative pilot program in order to give students the access and opportunity to explore their inner engineer. Teachers from the Yakima Valley and King County, along with undergraduate and graduate students from universities in Washington and professional engineers from around the […]

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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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Perspective From the Road: Student Resources Are Not Gifts

Four weeks ago, 40 educators, administrators, advocates, and the Washington STEM team, including myself, hopped aboard a bus to explore STEM education across Washington. This particular trip was geared towards a large state-wide representation of STEM education in various communities in southern and eastern Washington. Our goal? To spend three days immersed in communities around Washington […]

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Code with Princess Leia and Minecraft!

Have you ever thought about participating in the Hour of Code? Students, teachers, and parents are guaranteed to have FUN while learning the building blocks of computer science. WHY: Every time we check a text on our smartphone, play Minecraft or swipe our credit card at a store, we’re engaging with a product of computer science. […]

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“Steel” these Lesson Plans!

“That’s great, but when am I ever going to use it?”   Nothing is more of a counter to that most dreaded question posed by students than a lesson based on what’s happening on the production floors of local companies. That’s why last spring, Washington STEM partnered with Nucor Steel to work with teachers to […]

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