By Andy Choi
The community water supply will be investigated by Cheney’s sixth-graders and their observations will be presented to the officials in the city.
The Spokane area’s middle school girls will construct a programmable robot to determine the practical applications for Math. Students at Seattle-based Rainier Beach High School will pursue work on the Elwha Dam removal project at the Olympic Peninsula.
The projects were selected to obtain the third wave of Entrepreneur Award grants presented by Washington STEM, which is a nonprofit initiative focused on promoting advancements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout the state. Followed by the series of investments, more than 16,000 students and 500 teachers in the state are being encouraged and supported by Washington STEM.
Washington is in the leading position regarding STEM jobs and some of its students are ready to work after completing their STEM degrees. In contrast, the elementary schools in Washington provide weekly science instruction for only two hours or even less.
Innovative ideas and potential approaches in STEM education is facilitated through Washington STEM Entrepreneur Award. The teachers, through the one-year investments, are being motivated to face new challenges, devise innovative ideas and to formulate novel approaches and methods beneficial for the state. May 3 is the due for application for the next round of Entrepreneur Award investments. Applications for Washington STEM’s second round of Portfolio Awards with letters of inquiry will be offered within March 23.