The Foundation

The Washington State STEM Education Foundation is a national model for generating passionate support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Public Education:  Every Student, Every Day

In 2006, concerned leaders from the private sector approached the Kennewick, Pasco and Richland school districts with a visionary idea to create an innovative STEM high school specifically designed to prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace. In 2008, the Washington State STEM Education Foundation was formed in support of Delta High School, with the mission to create a substantial and sustainable impact on the quality of STEM education in the Mid-Columbia.  

Known as the STEM Foundation, we support a view that STEM literacy is a foundational skill which matters for all careers, not just the technology workforce. STEM builds critical thinking abilities because it addresses how we view and experience the world around us. With global challenges in water, climate, and energy requiring broad and comprehensive solutions, it is essential that our students gain proficiency in English, mathematics, technology, and science, as well as literature, history, and the arts.

Our future workforce must be comfortable with ideas and abstractions, analysis, and synthesis. Gaining STEM proficiency provides the foundation for these skills and also helps build the flexibility to adapt quickly to frequent changes in the labor market that are expected as global shifts in the economy occur at an accelerated pace.

We are a non-profit organization incorporated in 2009 and located in the Tri-Cities area (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) of Washington state.