Tacoma STEAM Network

The Tacoma STEAM Network is Graduate Tacoma’s newest Collaborative Action Network, dedicated to increasing access, interest, and success in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math for all Tacoma students.

Tacoma STEAM Network

The Tacoma STEAM Network is Graduate Tacoma’s newest Collaborative Action Network, dedicated to increasing access, interest, and success in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math for all Tacoma students.
Backbone Organization: Graduate Tacoma
Kyle Roffler - Tacoma STEAM Network
Kyle Roffler
Tacoma STEAM Network Director
253.272.1600

Overview>

The Tacoma STEAM Learning Network was formed in 2017 in response to the skills gap partly responsible for more than 23,000 unfilled Washington jobs, most of which are in the STEM fields. This gap represents a promising opportunity in Tacoma, especially for students of color and those living in poverty.

They added an A for Arts to the STEM acronym, in line with the community’s belief that arts nurture creativity and problem-solving abilities. This network is aligned with Washington STEM’s priorities to foster partnerships, eliminate the duplication of work, and increase student achievement and impact.

2020 Goals:

  • TRAINING: Implement STEAM training for out-of-school and summer learning program staff.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS: Double the number of STEM scholarship applications submitted by TPS students by 2018 (2016 baseline: 130)
  • ACCESS: Increase access to and expand STEAM programs in out-of-school and summer learning spaces.

Programs + Impact

Tacoma STEAM Network launched a STEAM campaign, which lets students, educators, employers, and the community in on the exciting opportunities offered in the STEM field. The campaign also connects students and families to STEAM learning opportunities in Tacoma.

Tacoma Public School students submitted 130 Washington State Opportunity Scholarships (WSOS) applications in 2016. Aiming to double that number by 2018, the Tacoma STEAM Learning Network has trained 19 STEM “Champions” to assist low- and middle-income students in completing their WSOS applications, which are worth up to $22,500. This year, Mount Tahoma High School students have submitted the most WSOS applications of any high school in Washington.

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