WHAT IS STEM EDUCATION? It’s an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.
STEM isn’t just for scientists and engineers. The creativity and critical thinking skills that come with a foundation in STEM education are in high demand, for all kinds of jobs, across our state.
It’s simple: in the 21st century, STEM education opens doors for every student to succeed.
Today, the Washington state economy is rooted in STEM. In the last 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM jobs. Washington ranks #1 in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs. By 2018, we’ll see a 24% increase in STEM jobs — seven points above the national average.
BUT...There are currently 25,000 unfilled jobs in Washington due to a lack of qualified candidates (2013). Eighty percent of those jobs are in high-demand health care and STEM fields, such as computer science and engineering. Today, while Washington ranks fourth in the country in technology-based corporations, we fall to 46th when it comes to participation in science and engineering graduate programs. Only 48% of Washington’s fourth-graders and 42% of eighth-graders scored proficient or above in math on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
To learn more about Washington STEM's Goals:
Listen to the KSVR FM story on the Washington State Opportunity STEM Scholarship with Michelle Judson Director of Skagit STEM Network and Burlington School District educators Heather Paton and Dalia Rodriguez here.
Exploring Skagit Possibilities
Prior to the viewing of the Skagit STEM Network sponsored documentary "Most Likely to Succeed” at the Lincoln Theatre, a terrific panel discussion with all Superintendents in Skagit County took place.
Click here to check out the awesome conversation that explored education possibilities in Skagit.
Thanks to the Sedro-Woolley High School for filming the event. Directed by Walter Constanza and Jayden Vinzant and filmed by Aryana Hearn, Shelby Baisch and Kane Alvarez. Advisor is Steve McCartt.
Sedro-Woolley School District
City of Sedro-Woolley
Port of Skagit
PeaceHealth/United General Hospital
Skagit Valley College
Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council
Children's Museum of Skagit County
Community Action of Skagit County
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Northwest Innovation Resource Center
Northwest WorkForce Council
Skagit Community Foundation
Skagit County Child and Family Consortium
Skagit School District Partners
Other Skagit School Partners
Immaculate Conception Regional School
Career Connected Learning Coordinator
Skagit STEM Network
“STEM skills are critical for our students’ futures. By encouraging students to become more engaged in STEM education, the Skagit STEM Network is making an important investment in the next generation of workers and in the long-term health of our economy.” - U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02)