News & Events
- $127,000 donation from WRPS for STEM-related activities
- Women in STEM Town Hall
- STEM Celebration Dinner 2015
Health & Safety EXPO includes STEM Theme
This year's Health & Safety Exposition (EXPO) is scheduled for May 10th-11th at the TRAC Center in Pasco. This year's theme is STEM! It's an effort to get the community more involved in the event, and to promote health, safety, science, technology, engineering and mathematics at home and in the workplace. Planners are expecting interactive demonstrations geared to support education. Attendees are likely to include Hanford employees, their families and the general public. The event is free to the public and open from 7am-7pm both days.
Kid's Engineering Day Serves Hundreds
The fourth annual Kid's Engineering Day was held in March at Marie Curie STEM Elementary School in Pasco. The event was organized by the Energy Northwest Chapter of Women in Nuclear. It was the first time the program was located in Pasco. More than 20 tables were set up in the school cafeteria, offering hands-on experiences in robotics, chemistry, engineering, physics and more. A number of organizations attended, including Delta High School, Areva, Washington River Protection Solutions, Energy Northwest and MESA Tri-Cities, just to name a few. Hundreds of students and their families visited the stations, testing viscosity, creating a model of the Earth, exploring atoms and understanding the science behind Angry Birds. Kid's Engineering Day enables elementary students to explore STEM various STEM concepts.
STEM Board Members Appear on "Meet in the Middle"
Vicki Bogenberger of CH2M and Patricia Irving of InnovaTek, Inc. joined Christine Brown on her radio talk show to discuss the successes of Delta High School and other initiatives to prepare local children for STEM education.
$127,000 Donation for STEM Efforts provided by Washington River Protection Solutions
Tri-City area students will benefit from $127,000 in contributions announced by Washington River Protection Solutions. The money will be used to strengthen and expand K-12, college and community STEM-related programs.
The Mid-Columbia STEM Education Network will receive $50,000, including $30,000 to support events that celebrate our region as a national leader in STEM literacy and to recruit volunteers to conduct STEM programs that link students with mentors and role models. The other $20,000 will go to STEM-related education activities at the REACH and the local Boys & Girls Club.
The remaining portion of the $127,000 donation includes $50,000 in STEM scholarships and STEM faculty support at Washington State University Tri-Cities and $27,000 to the Nuclear Technology Program at Columbia Basin College to complete the purchase of new equipment and to provide STEM-related scholarships.
Women in STEM Town Hall
The Women in STEM Town Hall was held at Washington State University Tri-Cities in conjunction with Washington STEM and the Women's Funding Alliance. It was the third in a series of four events scheduled throughout the state.
The event was held in conjunction with the Women's Funding Alliance and moderated by Liz Vivian. Speakers included Kathy Christensen from Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Heather Belts from CH2M, and Peggy McCullough from Bechtel Corporation. The free community event at Washington State University discussed how we can work with women to harness the opportunities that STEM fields provide, and to make sure STEM benefits from women’s voices and women benefit from STEM.
2015 STEM Celebration Dinner
An inspiring and engaging 2015 STEM Celebration Dinner was held in October on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco. The dinner was another success in supporting the vision and efforts of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation. Hundreds of attendees were motivated by homegrown STEM champions, including Washington State Senator Sharon Brown, 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau and Associated Students of WSU-Tri-Cities Senate Clerk Arthur Baranovskiy. These highly-influential speakers talked of STEM literacy successes in the Mid-Columbia, and the goal of driving the rate of STEM literacy even higher.
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. You will find the volunteer form and a list of current opportunities to consider. Our future leaders need YOU!
We are moving now to revolutionize education.