Mid-Columbia STEM Network

The Mid-Columbia STEM Network connects partners across sectors to create funding, possibility, and projects in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.

Mid-Columbia STEM Network

The Mid-Columbia STEM Network connects partners across sectors to create funding, possibility, and projects in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.
Backbone Organization: Washington State STEM Education Foundation
Deb Bowen
Mid Columbia STEM Network Director
509.420.9316

Overview

The Mid-Columbia STEM Networks works to:

  • Build a bridge to connect STEM resources to students, teachers and our community
  • Expand career connected learning experiences
  • Advance the Mid-Columbia as national leader in STEM literacy

Program + Impact

A $100,000 investment of local dollars in Foundation operations leveraged more than $5.2 million in public and private dollars from across the state.

  • These investments included more than $200K in grants directed through Washington STEM for computer science, early math, and initiatives to increase volunteerism and share best practices.
  • $2 million in Washington State Opportunity Scholarships to Mid-Columbia students.
  • $3 million in STEM capital grant funds for Finley’s River View High School.

This year, Mid-Columbia STEM Network launched the STEM Like Me! Innovation grant program for teachers, and expanded the STEM Like Me! middle school program to include a partnership with Skagit STEM Network.  The grants empower teachers to bring STEM professionals into their classrooms and build a play-book of best practices; and the partnership with Skagit will ultimately support the participation of all 7th grade students in STEM Like Me!

MID-COLUMBIA STEM NETWORK

STEM STORIES See All Stories
A TRIO OF TRIUMPHS NEAR THE TRI-CITIES: VISITING THE MID-COLUMBIA STEM NETWORK
When we want to think big at Washington STEM, we encourage each other to “put on Deb’s big hat.”
Washington State STEM Education Foundation: STEM education offers competitive advantage
The Mid-Columbia has much to gain from its growing reputation as a leader in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) literacy. Long before most communities were placing an emphasis on STEM education, Tri-Cities leaders were hard at work designing the region’s award-winning STEM school, Delta High, which opened in 2009. Read more in this feature article from the Tri-City Herald!
Your support for Washington STEM drives change in our state
Donate