STEM school star is born

A second school in the Eatonville School District has been chosen as a statewide example for emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Weyerhaeuser Elementary School is among six schools announced last week as the newest crop of Lighthouse Schools. Each will receive $20,000 grants to spend on developing STEM education through technical assistance and advice for other elementary, middle and high schools that are developing STEM academic environments. The state funding comes from legislation approved in 2010. The Legislature called for promoting schools that can "serve as resources and examples of how to combine personalized, project-based learning with technical partnerships with businesses and communities. Legislators and educators wanted to keep up with the demand for skilled high-tech workers by employers such as Boeing and putting a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. The Lighthouse Schools program, administered by the superintendent of public instruction's office, annually picks a maximum of six schools as new models of STEM education. In the 2013-14 school year, another Eatonville School District elementary school, Columbia Crest, was selected. Joining Weyerhaeuser in the selections for the 2014-15 school year are East Farms Elementary School in the East Valley School District in Spokane County, Martin Sortun Elementary School in the Kent School District), Saghalie Middle School in the Federal Way School District, Spokane Valley Tech in the Central Valley School District, and Vancouver iTech Prep. -รก


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