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The STEM Foundation

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy

Location

P.O. Box 1617Richland, WA 99352 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To create a substantial and sustainable impact on the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education in the Mid-Columbia." We accomplish our mission through cultivating and influencing STEM education to assure rigorous instruction and real-world experiences in STEM that will allow students to perform in a highly-technical 21st century where they engage in multi-disciplinary endeavors and reasoned problem-solving on a daily basis. Create the ideal STEM learning environment. Empower teaching professionals through an intergrated curriculum. Build a STEM-focused community through public/private partnerships. Inspire the next generation of innovators and creators.

Description

The STEM Foundation is a national model 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.

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