Five Schools, One District Named STEM Lighthouse Schools
OLYMPIA — March 2, 2016 — A total of five schools and one district will serve as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math mentors to other schools in the state.
Known as STEM Lighthouse Schools, the six were recently awarded $20,000 grants each that will promote and develop STEM education, including technical assistance and advice for other elementary, middle, and high schools that are creating their own STEM environments.
The six schools/districts are:
- Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, CASEE (Battle Ground)
- Cleveland High School (Seattle)
- North Central High School Institute of Science and Technology (Spokane)
- Spanaway Middle School (Bethel)
- Sultan High School (Sultan)
- Medical Lake School District
“Lighthouse schools represent the entire state,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent. “They are located in large and small districts, in the east and in the west, and with many different demographics. And that helps them serve as leaders and examples of what can happen with STEM education.”
STEM Lighthouse schools began in 2010 with the state Legislature’s passage of
House Bill 2621.The bill directs the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to designate lighthouse schools. The schools, according to the bill, will “serve as resources and examples of how to combine the following best practices:
- Small, highly personalized learning communities;
- An interdisciplinary curriculum with a strong focus on science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), delivered through a
project-based instructional approach; and
- Active partnerships with businesses and the local community to connect
learning beyond the classroom.”
Since 2011, a total of 32 schools and 4 districts have been named STEM Lighthouse schools.
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