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:
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
Rep. Rick Larsen
Career Connected Learning Coordinator
Skagit STEM Network
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.”