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WSU Tri-Cities to launch STEM Mentoring Program

In celebration of Women's History Month, WSU Tri-Cities is hosting a presentation by Dr. Dawn Wellman from PNNL titled "It’s not a cliché.... you absolutely can be anything you want, so identify a mentor and start driving your dream" on Monday,March 30th,WSU Tri-Cities East Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

The presentation will be followed by a reception and WSU Tri-Cities' launch of its participation in Million Women Mentors, an initiative of STEMconnector in collaboration with more than 50 leading national organizations. Million Women Mentors is a national call to action for corporations to join the program and capture metrics around mentoring girls and young women in STEM. 

Through our engagement with this program we will increase the percentage of young women on our campus pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields and increase the percentage of U.S. women staying in STEM careers. We invite science, technology, engineering and math (male and female) mentors from the local community to join WSU Tri-Cities as it launches its participation in MMW and find out how they can be involved. 

If you cannot attend, please let me know if you are interested in being a mentor for the program. Please forward this message to anyone you think may be interested in the event.


Kate McAteer, PhD, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354, (509)372-7371



Be a STEM Champion!

Please join the talented and dedicated STEM professionals who volunteer to help young people experience STEM in action and prepare for high-demand, high paying STEM careers. In partnership with innovative local educators, students are inspired to become creative, critical thinkers who can work effectively in teams, evaluate complex problems, and design innovative products and solutions.  STEM literacy is a foundational skill for all careers, not just those with a technological focus.

Preparing students with 21st century skills helps to create a robust talent pool that will attract industry investment, spur economic growth, and sustain the Mid-Columbia as a center for technological advances inspired by a STEM-literate workforce.

Seven ways YOU can help:

  • Recruit STEM Volunteers
  • Host an Internship
  • Coordinate a Job Shadow
  • Be a Mentor
  • Judge a Science and Engineering Fair
  • Volunteer at a Special Event
  • Be a Career Guest Speaker

These are just a handful of the budding STEM education partnerships in our region that reach beyond the walls of the classroom to include higher education, business, and the community!

Please volunteer today by clicking the "Choose to Volunteer" link on the left of this page and completing the volunteer form.  Our future leaders need YOU!  

Mid-Columbia STEM Network Launched with $200,000 Grant from Washington STEM

The Mid-Columbia STEM Network is a partnership between the Washington State STEM Education Foundation, located in the Tri-Cities, and Washington STEM, headquartered in Seattle.  The purpose of the initiative is to build a bridge that links students, educators and the community to STEM resources throughout the Mid-Columbia and across our state. The Mid-Columbia STEM Network partners support a unified system of STEM education by fostering partnerships, scaling best practices, and increasing impact. 

The Washington STEM grant will help the Mid-Columbia STEM Network build STEM awareness and advocacy, and expand local network membership; resulting in broad community engagement, informed and active leaders, and increased real-world STEM experiences for students.  We believe the Mid-Columbia has the interest and capacity to increase support and community engagement in STEM education many times over. Our region is uniquely positioned to become a national model for STEM literacy. It is the Mid-Columbia STEM Network’s purpose to help facilitate this process and increase opportunities for young people to participate in high-demand, high-paying STEM careers,” reports Washington State STEM Education Foundation Board Chair, Tom Yount.  

STEM networks have been created in six other regions around the state: Snohomish, South Central (Yakima), South King County, Southwest Washington, Spokane, and West Sound (Bremerton). While working with Washington STEM to meet grant guidelines, each network is tailoring their approach to unique regional needs and opportunities. "These investments will bring STEM professionals, educators, and communities together to improve STEM education and prepare our students for the STEM careers that drive Washington state's economy," said Patrick D’Amelio, Washington STEM CEO. "The networks will improve STEM education coordination in their community and across the state; and rigorous, high-quality teacher professional development will help ensure students in the classroom are STEM literate."

Please click on the following link for media coverage,  For more information on Washington STEM, go to

Delta High School Groundbreaking

June 25, 2014 marked an exciting day for Delta High School and STEM education in the Mid-Columbia! Click the picture below for more details on the day's events, including groundbreaking for the new Delta High School.

2014 STEM Celebration Dinner

This year’s STEM Celebration Dinner was a huge success!  250 attendees enjoyed an enchanting evening, celebrating the extraordinary success at Delta High School and looking towards the future, at the expanded mission for the Foundation. 

Sincere thanks to all of our community partners who made and continue to make "The Delta Dream" a reality!  Without YOU, none of this would have been possible!

If you would like to watch the events from this year’s dinner check out the link below:


Making STEM Real  |  Developing the 21st Century Student

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, education creates an integrated, innovative, learning environment through weaving these subjects into every classroom. The STEM approach transforms a typical teacher-centered classroom into a facilitated learning experience driven by problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning.

Blending STEM subjects with History, Language Arts and Social Studies allows students to connect what they learn every day with what they see around them. STEM learning promotes student readiness for college and prepares them for a 21st century workforce, where technical competence is no longer an option.  It’s a necessity.

The STEM Program of Study was designed by teachers, scientists, university professors, and business leaders. Students are held to high expectations, interact with their community, gain a deep understanding of the subject matter, and apply that knowledge in real-world situations. Students are prepared for college or success in their chosen careers. STEM students are destined to make meaningful contributions to the world’s economy.


We are moving now to revolutionize education.


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