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

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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!
STEM Like Me! introduces students to real STEM
Inspiring students to pursue careers in engineering starts in the classroom. Grants like STEM Like Me! empower teachers to introduce STEM professionals into the classroom to educate students about what careers are available to them.
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