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.
BUT...There are currently 25,000 unfilled jobs in Washington due to a lack of qualified candidates. 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 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
To learn more about Washington STEM's Goals:
Jennifer Veltri has been named the new director of the NW Washington STEM Network, which is a catalyst for STEM education in Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties and is a part of Washington STEM.
Women in STEM Spotlight Coming in September
The NW Washington STEM Network and the Skagit STEM Network are paving the way for women in STEM fields. Don’t miss this powerful and inspiring program that will connect middle school and high school girls and young women with STEM professionals in their backyards.
Check out the video here to preview this year’s event!
Lots of great NW Washington STEM news in our latest newsletters:
High School and Beyond Plan creates fantastic opportunities!
Superintendent Concrete School District
Superintendent, Sedro-Woolley School District
Dean of Workforce, Skagit Valley College
Mayor, Sedro Woolley
Skagit School District Partners
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.”