Research + community insights determine statewide focus areas

Focus areas are critical junctures where Washington STEM resources and networks could have the biggest impact on student lives. We work with our statewide networks to collect data in each focus area to measure against key metrics.

In 2018, our emphasis is on early math and launching students into high demand career pathways. This work includes a focus on computer science and science and engineering.

Research + community insights determine statewide focus areas

Focus areas are critical junctures where Washington STEM resources and networks could have the biggest impact on student lives. We work with our statewide networks to collect data in each focus area to measure against key metrics.

In 2018, our emphasis is on early math and launching students into high demand career pathways. This work includes a focus on computer science and science and engineering.
Career Pathways

Washington state ranks second in the concentration of STEM jobs. Yet many young people don’t have access to experiences such as internships, job shadowing, and technical training programs that position them for these careers. Washington STEM works with business leaders and educators to develop a coordinated approach to link Washington students with STEM careers.

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Early STEM

Research demonstrates early math development can have profound effects on future academic achievement. Washington STEM works with education and community partners to provide high-quality early math education to every Washington student. We’re looking forward to collecting data from our first six early math grants this year.

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STEM by the Numbers

Our state has an opportunity to better support students of color, students with low-income and rural backgrounds, and young women by removing systemic gaps to access high-demand credentials and family-sustaining careers. Our STEM by the Numbers report series offer statewide and region-by-region analyses of the need for STEM talent and opportunities for student success through STEM.

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Strengthening K-12 STEM

We continue to work in STEM related areas of K-12 including science and engineering through the Washington State LASER network, and computer science through state and national partners. These areas are essential drivers in the work towards our impact goals.

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STEM IN ACTION
Student-initiated engineering design projects 
For the first time ever, engineering is a part of science standards in Washington. Mike Wierusz, an engineer-turned-teacher, is tackling them head on in his classes at Inglemoor High School.
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