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Our mission is to establish an interactive science environment in Washington that will inspire and develop passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in elementary and middle school aged kids (K-8), and also be interesting to the whole family. With hands on, project-based experiments, Cascades Science Center will become the nexus of science education, with constantly evolving content related to issues and trends of the time.
Cascades Science Center Foundation started a program called "Cascades Science Squad" in August 2011. Cascades Science Squad includes community hands-on exploration science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) events hosted for various age-ranges in local venues such as libraries, community centers, schools and partner organizations. Younger students participate to complete challenges, learn science behind the activities and win prizes. University/college students, local community members and professionals lead the activities promoting role model relationship between the leads and the students.
The purpose of the Cascades Science Squad is to inspire youth to reach their full potential in STEM by providing them with access to fun hands on activities, knowledgeable activity leads and a supportive out-of-school informal environment that encourages their creativity. The program enables the STEM professionals to share their knowledge with the community, develop their teaching and mentoring skills and better understand the educational issues facing youth.
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