About STEM

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.

Click on the image above to learn more about why STEM is important to Washington and Sedro-Woolley students.

To learn more about Washington STEM's Goals:

Future Ready Goals.pdf
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To learn more about Washington STEM, click here.

 

 

To learn more about Skagit STEM, click here.

Check out the Summer 2019 Newsletter with stories on:

 

Two new STEM scholarships 

announced for Skagit students

 

Record $1.2 million in STEM scholarships awarded to Skagit students

 

And more! Download here:

Summer Newsletter 2019.pdf
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Skagit STEM Network

Planning Partners

Sedro-Woolley School District

City of Sedro-Woolley

Port of Skagit

EDASC

Janicki Industries

PeaceHealth/United General Hospital

Skagit Valley College

 

Community-based Organizations

Planning Partners

Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council

Children's Museum of Skagit County

Community Action of Skagit County

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Junior Achievement of Washington

Northwest Innovation Resource Center

Northwest WorkForce Council

Skagit Community Foundation

Skagit County Child and Family Consortium

 

Skagit School District Partners

Anacortes

Burlington-Edison

Concrete

Conway

La Conner

Mount Vernon

Sedro-Woolley 

 

Other Skagit School Partners

Immaculate Conception Regional School

 

Friends

KSVR Radio

PACCAR

Skagit County

Skagit Publishing

Rep. Rick Larsen

Contact Us:

Shaun Doffing

Career Connected Learning Coordinator 

Skagit STEM Network

sdoffing@swsd101.org

(360) 941-6929 

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene kicked off the second annual Spotlight on Women in STEM that attracted nearly 400 area junior and high school students from all Skagit schools. She shared her journey in STEM fields. “As someone who made a career in STEM before coming to Congress, I know how important it is for young women to develop the skills to compete in a 21st century economy,” she said. “Understanding how things work will benefit you wherever you go! I want to encourage you to pursue your passion.”

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