SW Washington STEM Learning Network

Activity Update for the Week of 12/21 - 12/23

With a short work week and schools out for the winter break there was not much activity in the Network this week. I was able to update the budget this week and work on our Inter-Organizational Collaborative Agreement that is modeled after the Skills Center Agreement. I should be able to get a draft to the Governance Board by the end of next week.

Washington STEM 2016 Legislative Priorities

For the upcoming 2016 short (60 day) legislative session WA STEM's Policy Committee has decided to "stay the course" with the same agenda from the 2015 session. The intent of this strategy is to get some quick wins and set the stage for the 2017 session, where they hope to make a significant ask for investment in STEM education as well as influence education policy debates and funding for the 2017-2019 biennial budget. 2016 policy priorities include:

  • Define Professional Learning: HB 1345 defining quality professional learning passed out of the House 97-10 in 2015 and our hope this year is to push it through both House and Senate.
  • Support Governor’s STEM Alliance Budget Requests: We will support the Governor’s requested funding for continuation of the Governor’s STEM Education Alliance and STEM Talent and Supply Data Dashboard, a set of key indicators aligned to our Washington STEM Framework for Action and Accountability. This activity was supported in the Governor’s supplemental budget request released on Dec. 17, 2015. Lee has scheduled a webinar for January for STEM Networks to learn more about the Dashboard.
  • Spur strategic investments in STEM education: We will continue to advocate to increase investments in postsecondary degrees, with a focus on expansion of the proven MESA Community Colleges Program piloted in six campuses.
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2016 Camas STEM Girls Event

Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 at 9am-1:30pm

26900 Southeast 15th Street

Camas, WA

Engaging young females in the possibilities of a career in a STEM field. This year the event is limited to Camas students but we plan to make this a regional event next year.


Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 at 1pm

14204 Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue

Vancouver, WA

AP Connect

Saturday, Jan. 30th 2016 at 10:30am-12:30pm

14204 Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue

Vancouver, WA

SW Washington Science and Engineering Fair

Saturday, Feb. 27th 2016 at 1:30-4pm

Camas, WA, United States

Camas, WA

The SW Washington Science and Engineering Fair (SWSEF) is affiliated with the Washington Science and Engineering Fair (WSEF) and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest international pre college science competition. ISEF is a program of Society for Science and the Public. The goals of SWSEF is to encourage student involvement in real research and problem solving as well provide an opportunity for students to discuss science and engineering with professionals and a chance to win over $25 million in scholarships and prizes.