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As a science graduate student, you are usually expected to keep your nose in your lab, produce good work, graduate, and move on to the big world of academia. However, over the past year as a STEM Super Youth Advocate, I have been able to integrate science, education, and civil engagement and am lucky that my department has allowed me to go outside those traditional academic boundaries.
Washington STEM, with the generous support of College Spark, had the tremendous opportunity to support a diverse group of young people across the state as they shared their experiences in STEM education and career within their communities as STEM Super Youth Advocates.
On October 16th, over 450 students attended Charting Your Path to a Healthcare Career event, hosted by the King County Healthcare Industry Leadership Table (HILT) and other community partners.
Career Technical Education (CTE) are classes that are intended to help prepare students for the academic and technical workforce, many of which involve STEM.
Career connected learning has the potential to create meaningful and powerful connections between what’s learned in the classroom and the skills needed to thrive in any given industry.
Career Connect Washington announces state-wide grants for Regional Network implementation and expansion.
Washington STEM's new CEO, Angela Jones, shares what's on her mind as she steps into her new role, as well as few things that drive her to create opportunity and impact for Washington students.
The themes of healing, community support, and cultural inclusion echoed throughout the third annual Zeno Summer Institute, hosted by Zeno, where educators, caregivers, and advocates gathered for two days to learn how to better support families of color in providing foundational math experiences for early learners.
Washington STEM releases free, open-source data tool to maximize educational and economic opportunities for underrepresented students.
Seattle, Washington—The board of directors of Washington STEM is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, education leader, Angela Jones has been selected as the new CEO.
Updates from the West Sound STEM Network: Career connected learning grows through cross-sector collaboration at the second regional CCL Summit.
"This plan is the result of a thorough process, deep collaboration, and a tremendous amount of feedback between stakeholders."
The 8th annual Washington STEM Summit brings together education, business, and community leaders to tackle some of the biggest STEM education issues in our state.
This year’s 105-day legislative session was a productive one for Washington STEM! Throughout the session we’ve been engaged with legislators, community leaders, and partners from across the state to support legislation that will benefit Washington students equitably and strengthen our education systems.
Susan Mullaney, President of Kaiser Permanente Washington and Washington STEM board member, shares her thoughts on what it takes to make sure that every student in Washington has the STEM skills and knowledge to take advantage of the economic opportunity in our state
Lawmakers, Washington STEM and Boeing join students at annual STEM Signing Day
Washington STEM’s board of directors announced today that the organization will start a search for a new chief executive officer.
Ninety-four percent of Washington state voters agree students at every level should have access to career-connected learning opportunities like internships and youth apprenticeships and 90 percent say every child should have access to high-quality STEM education, according to a new statewide survey.
Being a STEM Super Youth Advocate allows me to show students how STEM education will be beneficial in the future. It allows me to tell my own story of overcoming financial and academic challenges to pursue my college degree. I hope my story will inspire other students to keep pushing for their dreams. That’s why I’m a STEM Super Youth Advocate.
For the past year, 12 regional teams of business, education, labor, and workforce development partners have joined together to develop and expand opportunities for Washington youth to take part in career connected learning, including internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, and career planning.
"I am hoping to apply what I have learned in the classroom and at my job to the cause and community I care deeply about. I want to become an active member of the environmental community and make immediate contributions. That’s why I’m a STEM Super Youth Advocate."
It was that class that made me realize that science can be fun for everyone. It was also that class that helped me realize the giant gap between science and the general public. Science communication and education are vital to our society.
We are excited to announce we are looking for outstanding high school seniors to join us for the 2nd Annual Washington State STEM Signing Day 2019.
I am very excited to be a STEM Super Youth Advocate because it gives me the opportunity to share my story and inspire others to pursue STEM despite their background. I am a proud to say that I am a First- Generation College Student, an Afro-Latina Women, and STEM Super Youth Advocate!
Washington STEM and OSPI are excited to announce the 2018 awardees for the STEM Capital Grants Program.
Missed the 2018 Washington STEM Summit? Check out our recap of the day's events in our latest blog.
The Washington State STEM Education, home of the Mid-Columbia STEM Network, has been a model for leadership and community engagement that supports STEM education for the past decade.
We are in search of a chief operating officer who will advance Washington STEM’s values and impact through positive leadership and management.
Our STEM by the Numbers regional reports offer an analysis of student pathways to careers in each region of Washington state.
Business, education, and government leaders in 12 communities across the state are teaming up to create over 29,000 career connected learning experiences by September 2019.
As I reflect back onto my path into computer science, I know I would not be in this field if it wasn’t for the science curriculum and opportunities I had during middle school and high school–that is why I am a STEM Super Youth Advocate.
We need to encourage students across our state to be the ones who go out into the world and discover and understand those things which we have yet to. That’s why I’m a Super Youth Advocate.
Career Connected Learning can provide a clearer direction for learning, as well more applicable skills for students, making sure that every student, no matter where they're born or the circumstances they’re born into, has the same educational opportunity is important for the future. That's why I'm proud to call myself a STEM Super Youth Advocate.
Equity in STEM education and careers is at the heart of what we do, and representation in STEM matters. We're excited to announce the launch of the Notable Women in STEM project!
We're proud to feature this guest video from Martin Sortun Elementary in Kent, a school that’s been on an almost decade-long journey to becoming a traditional public elementary school that also does STEM well.
Statewide nonprofit Washington STEM is pleased to announce it has been chosen by SAP Concur as a Community Impact Partner to support student opportunity through a high-quality, equitable STEM education.
I hope that with my background, work ethic, and service I am able to contribute and make a positive difference in my career industry and community. As I reflect back on my education and extracurricular involvement, my two passions are agriculture and serving my community - that’s why I am a STEM super advocate.
“TerraGraphics extraordinary commitment to community service has led to them becoming a top provider of STEM Like ME! volunteers in our region. TerraGraphics employees are creative, dedicated and make a huge impact on our students,” reports Deb Bowen, STEM Network Director.
On August 1, 2018, MacDonald-Miller hosted 20 teachers from the West Sound STEM Network for a day of intensive learning and engagement to discuss how computer science skills, including computational thinking, coding, and design thinking, are used daily at MacDonald-Miller.
The 7th annual Washington STEM Summit brings together more than 300 education, business, and community leaders to tackle some of the biggest STEM education issues in our state.
On July 17, 2018, Alex Johnston, Washington STEM’s passionate, talented, and driven Chief Development Officer, passed away suddenly. Today we honor her contributions.
I faced many adversities and challenges to get where I am today, and for that reason I would like to help other minorities and young women to pursue a career in the STEM field.
"I encourage people to pursue the academia they love in whatever ways possible and the opportunity to continue this in a more official position is not one I take for granted. That's why I'm a STEM Super Youth Advocate."
"As an ambassador of STEM education, I identify with the pressing need in our community for change, and will focus my efforts on preparing our community for the future, which will certainly entail a great deal of STEM! That's why I'm a STEM Super Youth Advocate."
"I hope that by sharing my story, I can encourage people to take chances and not be afraid when the first option doesn't work out entirely as planned. That's why I'm a STEM Super Youth Advocate."
Washington STEM and OSPI are pleased to announce that the next round of STEM Classroom and Labs Grants are now open.
West Sound District Consortium Awarded Grant to Further Computer Science Education
Washington State Legislature affirms commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in K-12 schools.
Washington State Legislature affirms commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in K-12 schools.
New Washington STEM report series uncovers systemic gaps in student opportunity; offers bold agenda to close the gaps
I want to be able to provide that same guidance to other students, as well as help others understand why all students in the education system need equitable standards and opportunities that can be relayed into a career. That’s why I’m a STEM Super Advocate.
Join us in wishing our retiring CFO, Cindy Gustafson, a fond farewell.
"As I move forward with this passion and in my future career, I intend to continue this path of science communication and engagement, working with students, engaging with the public, and sharing science with the world. That’s why I’m a STEM Super Advocate."
"I know there should be more women in the field being awesome and discovering new things. That’s why I’m a STEM Super Advocate."
When we want to think big at Washington STEM, we encourage each other to “put on Deb’s big hat.”
Inspiring students to pursue careers in engineering starts in the classroom. STEM Like ME! empowers teachers to introduce STEM professionals into the classroom to educate students about what careers are available to them.
STEM in the Short Session
Dennis Conger comes by his expertise in career pathways honestly.
Firefighter. Mail carrier. Doctor. Nurse. Lifeguard.
Last week, Washington STEM staff traveled to Olympia to meet with legislators to advocate for STEM education issues.
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!
Susan Mullaney, President of Kaiser Permanente Washington, speaks on the importance of equality in STEM education and the positive impact it has on health care workforce development at the 2017 Washington STEM Summit at Microsoft.
On December 12 1,000 students from the West Sound STEM Network spoke with NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station.
“The difference between a trip and a pilgrimage is that at the end of a pilgrimage, you are a changed person. This experience has taught me things I thought I knew and opened my eyes to how our country’s history impacts every one of us every day. Now that I know better, I must do better.” Lee Lambert, Network Director, Washington STEM
LESSONS FROM THE GOVERNOR’S SUMMIT ON CAREER CONNECTED LEARNING, MAY 31, 2017
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus of Ephesus
On May 4, 2017, Washington STEM and Tableau hosted an evening focused on supporting computer science education. Bridget Sevigny, a Senior Engineering Manager at Tableau, delivered these remarks about her support of STEM education.
Our guest blogger Karolina Pyszkiewicz is a Computer Science major at the University of Washington, graduating this quarter. She is joining Google full time in July, and in the meantime will be doing mobile development for an early-stage startup based in Silicon Valley.
Happy New Year! We here at Washington STEM have been continuing our collaboration with the Workforce Board in observing, across the state, the different Learning Labs that create work experiences for young people.
In early November we hosted a first Student Design Team meeting with the intention of having students help us design a STEMfest event for girls.
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.
I have never watched the show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, but I can completely imagine the inadequacies you could feel when talking to one, or in my case, 6th graders, 7th graders, 8th graders, and some high schoolers.
Today is #DiscoverUWA, a campaign encouraging students of all ages to explore career and college pathways.
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.
“Make it work.”
On July 7, Stemilt Growers hosted a group of Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) recipients along with Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) students to learn more about the company and career paths in high-tech agriculture.
Washington STEM designed the STEM Learning Tours to create an immersive experience around equity, access, and shared learning standards.
The Washington STEM Learning Tours were filled with engaging experiences, robust learning communities, and eye opening conversations.
We’re happy to share this guest blog from Raisbeck Aviation High School and The Boeing Academy for STEM Learning at The Museum of Flight.
Big news from Vancouver, Washington.