Why a Network
While teachers are the number one driver of student academic performance, teachers cannot do it alone. We must leverage all the assets of a community to support the effectiveness of teachers and the success of students. The STEM business community is a key partner is improving STEM education for our students.
Previous efforts to improve student learning outcomes in STEM have fallen short for many reasons, including a lack of agreed upon goals, the inability to overcome barriers, or because certain groups were not at the table. Bringing key stakeholders together into a STEM Network represents an opportunity to mitigate such risks and reach a tipping point for system change.
What do STEM Networks do?
These community-based partnerships engage schools, nonprofits, businesses, and others, forging innovation and improvements in STEM teaching and learning at a systems level. The West Sound STEM Network also coordinates hands-on learning opportunities such as the STEM Showcase and a speaker series (STEM Café) that furthers STEM learning at the individual level for multiple audiences, including educators, students, parents and community members.
West Sound STEM Network Goals and Objectives
West Sound STEM Network is a dynamic collaboration of educators, business leaders, and representatives from local government and the military, working to introduce and link students, teachers and the community to the vast array of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) resources in our region. As with other STEM Networks in Washington, the goal is to enhance student learning in these key academic areas. Our students’ ability to understand and apply science, technology, engineering and math principles not only increases their understanding of the world, but also translates to innovation and advancement for local business and industry.
Follow this link to read more about the Mission and Goals outlined in our business plan. Or, click here to download our entire Business Plan (6 MB).
Save the date! Late April 2017
The 5th Annual STEM Showcase
Click here to learn more about our annual STEM Showcase event.