Other STEM News
Attention Students: Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium members accepting applications for summer 2016 internships (PAID!)
Washington NASA Space Grant is pleased to invite undergraduates and graduate students from our consortium member colleges and universities to apply for summer internships with our local industry partners.
These internships enable students to concentrate on research activities that supplement their academic coursework and help to prepare them for careers in NASA-related fields.
Awards: All internships are paid experiences. Compensation may vary.
Click here for more information on specific programs, openings and deadlines.
Pacific Education Institute Seeks Legislative Funding for Outdoor Science Education for All Washington Students
With funding from the state legislature, the nonprofit Pacific Education Institute would be able to expand its proven Field STEM program to eventually serve all 295 school districts throughout Washington state. Over 1 million students would receive science education in a dynamic outdoor setting, with a focus on the environment, natural resources and agriculture. The model would not only meet the State's Basic Education Goals (RCW 28A.150.210), but also would reduce district costs by using existing outdoor learning laboratories, and leveraging public sector funding with private investment. Read more about PEI's initiative here...
All ages explore science through Kitsap Regional Library's Biblio Tec Lab
by Miste Leib, M.ED.
March 1, 2014 was a typical Washington winter day, rain pouring from the sky with the added bonus of wind. The only thing atypical about this day was taking my kids, ages 4 and 7, and a friend's children, ages 10 and 14, to check out the Biblio Tec Lab hosted by Kitsap Regional Library. Now, going to the library isn’t an atypical event for our family, but going to a branch 45 minutes away from home is. Plus, rumor had it that the teenager among the bunch wasn’t so keen on going.
As it turns out, the drive was 100% worth it, for all the kids. We explored 3D printing, computer programming and video game design displays. The kids engaged in hands on activities with robotics, digital design, creating electricity with Snap Circuits Jr., building with Smart Lab Contraption Lab Science Experiment Kit, and creating movies with a free app called iMotion. When it was time to leave, there was some resistance--even tears. But as I was driving away from the library, the oldest of the bunch looked over to me in suprise. “Wow!" he said. "We were there for two hours. I think that is the longest time I have ever spent in a library.” Well there you go. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing something like that!
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
STEM Event Got Kids Excited to Learn
Read this Kitsap Sun letter to the editor from Rep. Drew Hansen, Bainbridge Island, regarding the most recent STEM Showcase.
Educators Take Scientific Exploration to the Mall
Click here to read the Kitsap Sun article about the 2014 STEM Showcase. Or view the video, below:
Hands-On Science Extravaganza
Follow this link to a Kitsap Sun article by Chris Henry on Bremerton's West Hills STEM Academy science and technology fair.