Discover how we're growing a future-ready Washington

Washington STEM advances excellence, innovation, and equity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for all Washington students.
Middle school students in the Tri-Cities get hands on with Career Connected Learning.

Discover how we're growing a future-ready Washington

Washington STEM advances excellence, innovation, and equity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for all Washington students.
Middle school students in the Tri-Cities get hands on with Career Connected Learning.
EQUITY THROUGH ACCESS + OPPORTUNITIES
The research is clear: a strong cradle to career STEM education prepares students for high-demand jobs and contributes to the vitality of their families, communities, and local economies. Founded in principles of equity, partnership, and sustainability, Washington STEM creates solutions and partnerships that bring STEM education to Washington students, especially those historically underrepresented in STEM fields like students of color, girls and young women, students living in poverty, and students living in rural areas.
Focus Areas
We use research and community insights to determine STEM focus areas, those critical junctures where our work and our partners can create the most impact on student lives.
Partnerships
We forge powerful partnerships to unleash our collective potential. Partners help us create and scale solutions for Washington students.
Advocacy
We are the go-to resource for Washington policymakers at the state and federal level, offering pragmatic, nonpartisan policy recommendations to improve STEM access and success.
The Power of our Statewide Networks

Our regional STEM Networks bring educators, business leaders, STEM professionals, and community leaders together to build student success and engage them with STEM career opportunities in their local area.

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The Power of our Statewide Networks

Our regional STEM Networks bring educators, business leaders, STEM professionals, and community leaders together to build student success and engage them with STEM career opportunities in their local area.

Learn more about our networks

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PRIORITIZING EQUITY ACROSS THE STATE
Driving impact across the state
Learn how STEM influencers are engaging students of color, girls and young women, students living in poverty, and students living in rural areas across the state of Washington.
Charting the Course
STEM education creates pathways to life-long learning.
Walk through the different stages of youth development that are critical junctures for STEM learning. Starting at three years old, see how STEM learning builds student cognitive development, reveals student skills and abilities, and helps students create networks that lead to challenging and creative careers.
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94 percent of Washington voters believe every child should have access to a high-quality STEM education.
Young Children (ages 3-8)

Early learning and development predict school and life success.
Early math skills are among the strongest predictors of later success, so we’re focused on making powerful, fun, early math experiences commonplace for all children.

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Elementary (grades 3-5)

Elementary students actively develop explanations of the world around them.
Today, far too few students have access to meaningful STEM experiences. We focus on opportunities for students to engage in extended investigations in science and engineering that harness and extend their rich and varied experiences of the world.

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Middle School (grades 6-8)

Adolescents undergo intensive and rapid identity development.
Young people need role models who look and speak like them, and opportunities to broaden their understanding of the wide range of future education and career possibilities available to them. We support efforts to ensure students connect with role models and mentors who help them imagine their future in new and meaningful ways.

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High School (grades 9-12)

High school students have valuable skills and capabilities that they are eager to put to work.
Their learning needs to connect to the wider world in deep and increasingly authentic ways. We focus on opportunities that support students in making significant contributions in their communities as they build their technical skills, STEM knowledge, and social capital.

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Postsecondary + Career

Young people leaving high school have promising lives and careers ahead of them.
We work to make sure that all students, especially those from populations under-represented in STEM fields, arrive at this critical juncture with applicable skills, knowledge, and experiences to help them make informed decisions about education, life, and career pathways.

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STEM STORIES See All Stories
Remembering Alex Johnston
On July 17, 2018, Alex Johnston, Washington STEM’s passionate, talented, and driven Chief Development Officer, passed away suddenly. Today we honor her contributions.

STEM by the Numbers: Access and Opportunity
New Washington STEM report series uncovers systemic gaps in student opportunity; offers bold agenda to close the gaps
Funding Opportunity: STEM Classroom and Labs Grant
Washington STEM and OSPI are pleased to announce that the next round of STEM Classroom and Labs Grants are now open.
Computer Science Catalyzes Career Connected Learning in the West Sound STEM Region
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.
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