STEM Super Advocate: Wenatchee Schools CTE Director Dennis Conger

Dennis Conger comes by his expertise in career pathways honestly. His resume includes time as a sign painter, illustrator, silkscreen artist, logo artist, teacher, principal, Skills Center Director, and Career Technical Education Director. While finding the right career pathway takes time, talent, and a bit of luck, Dennis knows that a strong Career Technical Education […]

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2018 Advocacy Day

Last week, Washington STEM staff traveled to Olympia to meet with legislators to advocate for STEM education issues.  We were joined by our regional STEM networks and partners to promote key opportunities to support STEM education for Washington students during this short legislative session. Together, we connected 65 attendees with legislators and held over 70 […]

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Unified Robotics: Inclusivity, STEM, and Collaboration

Our guest blogger is Delphine Lepeintre.  She is  currently a senior at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. She enjoys calculus group quizzes, writing for her school newspaper, and is a proud member of both her FIRST robotics team and Unified robotics team!   Lego pieces littered the floor. Sean described to me his newest idea […]

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An Insider’s First Sneak Peek into Learning Labs

As announced in late September, Governor Inslee, the Workforce Board, and Washington STEM identified 21 career related programs across the state with the goal of identifying promising practices and other success factors in career connected learning. For those catching up, the Learning Labs project is a component of the National Governors Association Policy Academy on […]

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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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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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The Washington STEM Learning Tours: Perspective and Planning From Inside the Yakima Valley

The Washington STEM Learning Tours were filled with engaging experiences, robust learning communities, and eye opening conversations. Behind the scenes, a dedicated group of STEM Network members were hard at work organizing, coordinating, and making sure things went smoothly for the 80 plus people that took part in both tours. I sat down to talk […]

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