Southwest Washington STEM Network
Southwest Washington STEM Network
Southwest Washington STEM is working to ensure that every student in the region has the knowledge, skills, and experiences that can unlock futures, build a globally engaged community, ensure a prosperous economy, and inspire innovation.
Programs + Impact
A few Southwest STEM Network accomplishments are listed below. View more.
$500,000 Computer Science Grant for our students in SW Washington!
In 2017, Washington STEM, in partnership with Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), announced the first round of $4 million in grants to statewide schools, school districts, educational service districts, higher education institutions, nonprofits, and community based organizations to support computer science education. ESD112 was awarded one of these competitive grants which will make it possible for professional development for teachers, obtainment of technology, and the expansion of computer science course offerings and programs throughout SW Washington. Grant recipients must have partnered with private organizations and individuals to be eligible for the grant from OSPI. Because the STEM Network has developed a partnership with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Clark County to put on the education component of the Digital Technology Expo, the ESD112 was able to leverage this event as part of the private match which helped ESD112 secure the $500,000 Computer Science Grant for our students in SW Washington.
Over 2,500 area students attended STEM Networking events to spark interest in STEM Careers!
During the 2015-16 School Year, Future Connect’s program partnered with more than 100 businesses and governmental organizations to provide a variety of College and Career Related activities to more than 2,500 middle and high school students. Future Connect activities include individual experiences like informational interviews as well as group activities at schools where community professionals visited and shared career information in “speed networking”, guest speaking, and mock interviewing events.
Over 250 area high school students networked with local area STEM professionals at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Tech Expo.
In April of 2016 the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) partnered with the STEM Network and Leadership Clark County to organize an “Educational Preview” that kicked off the first annual GVCC Digital Technology Expo. Some of the best-and-brightest from the Vancouver, Evergreen, Camas and Hockinson School Districts attended the Expo in the morning to participate in this unique chance to see the vibrant digital technology industry emerging in SW Washington. Students were able to network with over 50 tech business and community organizations that support our region’s vibrant digital technology industry. Because of the tech expo and the work of the GVCC, the STEM Network was able to utilize the event as the private match for a $500,000 Computer Science Education Grant provided by OSPI and WA STEM. The grant will be able expand the number of K-12 students who will receive Computer Science instruction in SW Washington. Additionally, the expo increased business engagement in K-12 educational programs with 40% of the participating businesses expressing interest in getting more involved in supporting K-12 STEM Education within our local school districts.
Coding Professional Development
In Southwest Washington STEM Network, 38 elementary school teachers and 32 middle school teachers received professional development in delivering integrating coding and programming. This resulted in an additional 5,500 students in SW Washington receiving coding and programming instruction.