Math and Science Academy at Saghalie Receives Washington STEM Grant

Saghalie students working on a variety of manipulative learning tools, December, 20110A Math and Science Academy at Saghalie Middle School project designed to get teachers and students out of the classroom and into the surrounding environment has earned a $10,000 grant from Washington STEM, the organization announced March 6.

The Inside-Out Education Project is one of 14 around the state selected to receive the third wave of Entrepreneur Award grants from Washington STEM, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across the state.



The Math and Science Academy at Saghalie will use the grant to expand its students’ learning environment to motivate and engage them. The grant will impact around 500 students and 9 teachers by providing the necessary tools to engage students in project-based learning, scientific inquiry and investigations outside of the classroom. It also will provide the technology to analyze, study and present their findings.

This funding will be used to build on a current grant from The Pacific Education Institute that is funding a trip to Puget Sound’s Redondo Beach in Federal Way for the entire student body April 9-11. The students will study the health of Puget Sound. “The Saghalie Skyhawk community is excited to be working with Washington STEM to enhance the academic achievement for all students in these critical fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Laura Davis-Brown, Principal of the Math and Science Academy at Saghalie Middle School. “This project takes kids and teachers outside the classroom for real-world STEM investigations, while also building their confidence and skills to partner with local businesses, make public presentations, and more.”

While Washington ranks first in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs, too few of its students are prepared to pursue STEM degrees and compete for the jobs our state generates. This disparity stretches back to our elementary schools, where Washington kids typically receive two hours or less of science instruction a week, Washington STEM notes.

Saghalie students working on a variety of manipulative learning tools, December, 20110

“STEM isn’t just for scientists and engineers, it’s the best ticket to a good job in today’s market and virtually the only ticket to a good job in the economy of the future,” said Carolyn Landel, Chief Program Officer at Washington STEM.”Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the commitment and innovative spirit of Washington educators who strive to ensure that all kids are prepared to succeed.”

Washington STEM Entrepreneur Award grants support breakthrough ideas and promising approaches in STEM education. The one-year investments encourage teachers to take risks, pilot new ideas, and generate promising practices that can be used around the state.

A complete list of Entrepreneur Award investments can be found online at www.washingtonstem.org/investments.asp.

(Written by FWPS Community Relations Department.  See http://www.fwps.org/info/press/1112/120306stem.html for original article, posted March 6, 2012.)
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