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 -creating 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 this revolutionary school, 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. Especially at a time when global challenges in water, climate, and energy require broad and comprehensive solutions across policy and technology, proficiency in English, mathematics, technology, and science, as well as literature, history, and the arts will be essential. Our future workforce must be comfortable with ideas and abstractions, analysis and synthesis. Gaining a 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 become faster.
We are a non-profit organization incorporated in 2009 and located in the Tri-Cities area (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) of Washington state.
June 2013 News Release:
The Washington State STEM Education Foundation (STEM Foundation) is pleased to announce that $5.4m has been approved in the capital budget for the construction of DELTA High School.
As a unique model of collaboration with three school districts focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Delta is making tremendous strides to produce a new generation of STEM-literate citizens by spurring innovation throughout all our local, regional and state public schools. Delta is already out-pacing local, state and national performance in standardized testing. Delta High School is reforming and transforming public education – establishing a new paradigm – to provide the educated workforce needed for future economic growth in Washington state.