West Sound STEM

West Sound STEM


Our STEM Network partners at West Sound STEM are looking for two Assistant Directors in the South Kitsap School District. Learn more at the links below:

Assistant Director: West Sound STEM Network https://southkitsapschooldistrict.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=5800 #
Assistant Director: West Sound STEM Network--Olympic Peninsula https://southkitsapschooldistrict.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=5801
Are you committed to career connected learning and STEM education? Our network partners at West Sound STEM are looking for a new team member. Applications close on December 8 for the Career and Connected Learning Manger position. Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/3cF7wMG
Growing up in Kitsap County, just as many of my high school classmates were interested in the apprenticeship program at PSNS as were planning to go to a 4 year college. That's because our community knows that there is more than one pathway to family wage jobs.

The word has gotten out. In the last year, across Washington, there were 21,710 apprentices -- an all time high!

But over the years I've talked to person after person who, like my dad and my Grampo, started their career as an apprentice in the trades. Their work eventually caught up with their body. Bad knees, hearing loss, a shoulder injury. They needed to pivot. Or perhaps they want to advance into management.

For a lot of workers, that means thinking about college for the first time. And feeling daunted by stepping into a classroom for the first time in a decade or more, by starting from the beginning again.

That's why I've been working with Senator Karen Keiser to make sure that every apprenticeship grad in Washington also graduates with a transferrable associate degree. This honors the hours on-the-job training and ensures that if and when they choose to go back to school, the door is open a little wider.

We'll also work to streamline financial aid for apprentices -- funded in the expanded Washington College Grant we passed a few years ago. (Remember that bill that makes college free for a family of 4 that makes $56k or less, and makes college more affordable for middle income families?) Just like their peers at our community & technical colleges, apprenticeship students will soon be able to access financial aid at the very same financial aid office.

This is exciting, innovative work, and wouldn't be possible without strong partnerships with the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, Washington Education Association, Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges, AFT Washington, AFL-CIO, West Sound STEM, and so many, many more.

Read our op-ed hot off The Seattle Times presses at the link in comments 👇🏽
Our STEM Network partners West Sound STEM and South Central Washington STEM are leveraging community strengths and resources to boost student FAFSA and WASFA completion rates, which are strong indicators of postsecondary student outcomes. https://bit.ly/3FtFP5U
The wonders of the universe are in reach for more than 10,000 students in Washington thanks to a partnership between West Sound STEM and Slooh!
STEM doesn't just happen in a lab! Teachers saw this first hand at a STEM Café hosted by Sound STEM in collaboration with Construction Center of Excellence. The event featured women working in non-traditional trade occupations. Teachers explored the challenges and benefits of STEM-focused trade careers and learned strategies to help students learn about and plan for these careers.
When students study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, they aren't just learning vital skills; they are receiving the foundation that can lead to a future job. With these skills they can engineer a new airplane or boat, develop new energy technologies to combat the climate crisis, or invent new technologies that will drive the country forward. That’s why I’m thrilled that the House Appropriations Committee has advanced federal funding this week to support the West Sound STEM – which is doing crucial work to advance STEM education for students in Kitsap County and across the Olympic Peninsula. I’ll keep working to get this measure signed into law so we can further support youth education in these crucial fields - which can help lead to more job opportunities for them in the future, more qualified employees for local employers, and more economic resiliency for our communities.

Another bill signed and sealed! ✅ ICYMI, earlier this month the governor signed SB 5227 - our bill championed by students, staff, and faculty at higher ed institutions around the state!

It's a policy that builds equity training and assessments (think diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism work) into learning opportunities for both educators and students.

Our higher ed communities increasingly reflect the diversity in our state. This policy's about creating environments where every learner, professor, administrator can flourish, connect with their community members, share their stories, celebrate each other, take their next steps into the workforce on the career path they dream of.

Honored that I got to work alongside so many as chair of Higher Education & Workforce Development - not just as a legislator but also as a first-generation graduate myself - as we create even better higher ed experiences for *everyone.*

📸 with West Sound STEM community partners at an event in 2019!
From our wonderful STEM Network partner, West Sound STEM

Virtual Summer Camps for children in the West Sound region
Washington STEM, alongside West Sound STEM, Child Care Aware of Washington, and Washington Communities for Children, shine a light on the child care crisis in the Kitsap/Olympic region. https://bit.ly/3mddKHl

A special thanks to Sen. Christine Rolfes for her continued focus in the state legislature on Washington families and kids.
North Mason School District has a close relationship with the West Sound STEM Network, which promotes and supports STEM education throughout the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.
Our teachers have been active participants in workshops and cohorts to enhance STEM education for our students, even during times of remote learning. 💻💻💻

Examples of workshops include STEM Cafés, such as the café held this past fall where Snap Circuits were shipped to teachers to use during remote instruction. Teachers explored how electricity travels and powers their home. Participants learned how energy transfer, fuses and circuit breakers work and built a house with real, working 3-D circuits.

As with all STEM Cafés, this professional development opportunity was grounded in Washington State Learning Standards.

Teachers have taken the opportunity to learn how to offer interactive STEM lessons that can be used even during remote learning. We are proud of our teachers!
SO so honored! 🙏🏽 Thank you Washington STEM! It's so special to work with you in service of our students - championing education opportunities and building economic resiliency and a healthy future for our state while we're at it. Alongside a coalition of such hardworking education all-stars (like NW Washington STEM Network, West Sound STEM, Graduate Strong, Washington Student Achievement Council, and so many others!) I'm hopeful about what we can accomplish together. 🤩

West Sound STEM Network works to introduce and link students, teachers and the community to STEM

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Congratulations to Lulu Day, a student at Klahowya Secondary School in the Central Kitsap School District. She has been named West Sound STEM Network's 2023 Washington STEM Rising Star.

"Lulu has demonstrated exceptional leadership and technical skills as the captain of the Klahowya Secondary School's eSports team and actively encourages others to play or join the afterschool club," says Susan Day (no relation), a Career and Technical Education teacher at Klahowya Secondary School.

Read more: https://washingtonstem.org/lulu-day/

Photos from Peninsula School District's post 08/17/2023

We're so proud of Nicollette, who is one of our Northwest Earth & Space Sciences (NESSP) teachers. What an adventure!

Maritime High School announces partnership with the Seattle Maritime Academy | Northwest Maritime Center 08/11/2023


Click on the link to read details on this exciting new opportunity for Maritime High School students!

Maritime High School announces partnership with the Seattle Maritime Academy | Northwest Maritime Center Innovative and groundbreaking—a partnership between Highline Public Schools, Northwest Maritime Center, and Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) has officially been established to further address the increasing need for maritime employees. Since opening in 2021, it has been the mission of Maritime ... R...


Congratulations to Lulu Day, who was selected as a 2023 Washington STEM Rising Star Award winner! Lulu is a freshman at Klahowya Secondary in the Central Kitsap School District. She uses STEM in exciting ways to support both her education and community. https://washingtonstem.org/washington-stem-rising-star.../ Central Kitsap School District Klahowya Secondary School

Photos from West Sound STEM's post 03/22/2023

We'd like to extend our gratitude to our STEM Like ME! mentors who volunteer their time to speak with local middle school students about careers in STEM and Skilled Trades.

Featured here are activities from mentors Madi Asaro and Elle Bennett of Art Anderson Associates, Alan Carloza of Evergreen Rural Water of Washington, and Doug Christensen and David Adamson of Boeing. They inspired students by giving insights into careers in Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Wastewater Management.

Interested in partnering with us as a mentor? Sign up today! https://forms.gle/89RqQ7epSsncHjkd8

Maritime Workforce Development + Youth Programming = High Impact for Kids 02/02/2023


Northwest Maritime Center
Peninsula College
Western Washington University

Maritime Workforce Development + Youth Programming = High Impact for Kids The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), a West Sound STEM Network member, is a premier leader in the regional maritime workforce development. They recently hosted the international Teaching with Small Boats Conference at their campus on the shores of Port Townsend Bay. 167 educators, non-profit leader...


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is hosting a virtual, High School Career Expo on February 1 & 2, 2023. Open to all high school students, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and engage with current PNNL staff and students – and attend sessions to help them prepare for their future careers. High School internship applications will go live February 13 on our PNNL Careers page.
Register and learn more: https://pnnl.cventevents.com/event/4774d3eb-00ef-4bb7-8853-933d4c191703/summary


This week, joined a cohort of community partners in the West Sound STEM Network.

Washington State expects over 740,000 job openings over the next five years – nearly three-quarters of which will require a degree or certificate beyond high school. According to Career Connect Washington, in order to keep these employers growing here, more Washington students need to be connected to in-demand high-potential careers right here in our state.

“Peninsula College is thrilled to join the West Sound STEM Network,” PC President Dr. Suzy Ames said. “We’re honored to partner with such an esteemed group of education, community and industry leaders who work together to further STEM education right here in our community.”
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2022 Teaching With Small Boats Alliance Conference (TWSBA)
November 3-5th 2022
TWSBA is a collaboration of educators and programs that teach math, science, and other essential skills through the process of boatbuilding. Through bi-annual conferences and virtual collaboration, TWSBA works to improve the effectiveness of up to 300 member organizations by sharing information and best practices about program development and leadership, hands-on building projects, and integration of maritime-based lessons into the school curriculum.


The Olympic Workforce Development Council (OWDC) is seeking a visionary and inspirational leader to serve as the WorkSource System Coordinator (One-Stop Operator) providing organizational development and operational excellence leadership in the Olympic Consortium Region serving Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties.


Teacher Workshops at the Wooden Boat Festival!

Join NW Maritime in Port Townsend for a free teacher training opportunity September 10th or 11th during the world renowned Wooden Boat Festival. Teachers who sign up for one of the teacher training trips will receive a free pass to the Festival for that day.

Two Maritime Place Based Learning sessions will be offered aboard NWMC vessels. One aboard MV Admiral Jack (40’ power catamaran) focusing on Boat Based Science and one rowing and sailing aboard a historic longboat (26’ open boat). Content will include marine science, maritime skills, and inquiry based learning. Clock hours are available. Time: 8:45am-11am

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSej-0uxaBo9u0hcK0Wqa29ImxGU-8-S2sP3p-y8I5_aaQZKGg/viewform


Don't miss it! The 7th Teaching With Small Boats Alliance International Conference welcomes you to connect and collaborate at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, November 3-5th, 2022.
Register Now: https://www.tfaforms.com/4973797
NW Maritime


Coming soon: NW Maritime will be hosting a teacher training at the Wooden Boat Festival this year! Stay tuned for more details: https://nwmaritime.org


West Sound STEM Network is hiring for two positions: an Assistant Director located in Port Orchard, and an Assistant Director located on the Olympic Peninsula. Please visit our website for details and to download the job description: https://www.westsoundstem.org/job-openings
Salary range: $124,752-$130,992 plus full benefits.
We'd love to have you join our team!


Saltchuk companies Foss Maritime, TOTE, and NorthStar Energy have together pledged $500,000 to support the launch and ongoing sustainability of Maritime High School, an innovative, project-based learning school within the Highline Public School District. In addition, Saltchuk company co-founder Mike Garvey pledged an additional $50,000. NW Maritime


The Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend is looking for a Lead Camp instructor for its Messing About in Boats program. The job provides housing at a reduced rate and an opportunity to work and be on the water at the NWMC campus. Wage range is flexible depending upon experience. Because at the NWMC, "the sea is the most powerful teacher we know!"

Secrets of STEM: Top teachers share insights on innovation in learning - GeekWire - Omny.fm 05/16/2022

Kitsap High School Kitsap School District

Secrets of STEM: Top teachers share insights on innovation in learning - GeekWire - Omny.fm Innovation is alive and well in STEM classrooms across Washington state, inspiring students to seek opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. At the GeekWire Awards on May 12, we're celebrating the accomplishments of three STEM Educator of the Year honorees who are excelling in the...

Foss, TOTE, NorthStar Energy gift $500,000 to new Maritime High School 04/30/2022

People of Saltchuk companies Foss Maritime, TOTE, and NorthStar Energy have together pledged $500,000 to support the launch and ongoing sustainability of the Maritime High School! https://bit.ly/3MEjrtR
Northwest Maritime Center

Foss, TOTE, NorthStar Energy gift $500,000 to new Maritime High School The money will support start-up costs for the first four years of the school and allow the school to grow to 400 students by 2025. Saltchuk companies Foss


Maritime High School is accepting applications for next school year!
The application for the 2022-23 is open. If you are interested in applying to Maritime High School, or know someone who is, please apply: https://maritime.highlineschools.org/admissions/how-to-apply
Northwest Maritime Center


The Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program is currently looking for Mentors for our WAS Summer Residency this August. Join us in inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists!

The WAS Summer Residency brings high school juniors from all over WA to The Museum of Flight to plan a human mission to Mars, and we need STEM-focused professionals to help guide them. A WAS Mentor leads a team of 8-10 students, with the help of a Washington Certified teacher, to research one element of the mission plan. The scholars who participate in the Summer Residency have successfully completed a 5-month online course covering topics related to NASA mission planning and space exploration.
Learn more: https://museumofflight.org/WAS
To apply:https://bit.ly/3xOIk

2022 #PlanYourPathWA Student Video Contest - Ready Washington 04/21/2022

2022 Video Contest Promotion
Calling all WA public high school students! Ready Washington is giving out five $500 scholarships for students who submit a video (1 min or less) about their goals after graduating high school! Learn more at readywa.org/planyourpathwa2022

2022 #PlanYourPathWA Student Video Contest - Ready Washington 2022 Student Video Contest What are your education and career dreams, and how are you going to get there? Tell us and you could win $500! Ready Washington is launching our seventh annual video contest to get high school students thinking and talking about their education and career g...


Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) is now open for the fall quarter until June 5, 2022. CTS helps launch students into high-demand careers in Washington state. CTS provides $1,500 per quarter for Washington state residents pursuing an eligible associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship in a trade, STEM or health care field.

Scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more!
Apply or learn more: https://bit.ly/3jWiNvH

Photos from West Sound STEM's post 03/09/2022

Washington Department of Commerce announced today the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance was awarded a two-year $500,000 grant to launch the Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster, or WAV-C.

Innovation cluster accelerator models bring key players together – business, entrepreneurs, academia, investors and government – to solve industry challenges that limit growth and innovation. Washington State piloted this approach in 2017 with its Maritime Blue initiative. Under the Washington Department of Commerce’s Innovation Cluster Accelerator, nine innovation clusters are being funded in diverse industries, including advanced computing, 5G, renewable energy, bioscience and others. KEDA’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work Group developed the WAV-C proposal with a focus on accelerating the industry of unmanned and autonomous vehicles, forecast as a $2 trillion global market by 2030.


ANEW's 2022 Pre-Apprenticeship Programs for Pierce County Start in April !!

Register for an ANEW Pre-Apprenticeship Info Session (mandatory): www.anewaop.org/events (or scan the QR code embedded in the flyer). Select the March 12 event and complete/email in the enrollment form.


EmPower Women’s Leadership Conference brings together women in trades careers to celebrate their success as leaders, inspire other women to find and embrace their inner leader, and showcase the possibilities when women succeed in breaking barriers. Hear from industry leaders, current apprentices, and a nutritional expert on what it takes to step into leadership, and maintain a healthy lifestyle in all industries.
FREE Virtual Event. Register: https://conta.cc/3AUuNFJ
Washington STEM, Career Connect Washington, Construction Center of Excellence


The Museum of Flight invites teachers and other school employees to be their guest for free on:
Saturday, February 5 | Sunday, February 6 | Saturday, February 12 | Sunday, February 13

Present your school I.D. / Badge upon arrival to receive FREE admission for you and one guest. Pick up a FREE gift bag, while supplies last!
The Museum of Flight


Calling all high school students! Take part in a virtual, 2022 High School Career Connections Expo: February 2 & 3
Learn about interships with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
(Students must be 16 years of age by the internship start date to be eligible.)


Kitsap Strong/Graduate Strong is seeking a full time Future Bound Facilitator Position to join its backbone team!
Read more: https://bit.ly/3AnKTXP
Graduate Strong


Two exciting job opportunities with Pacific Education Institute:

The Green Jobs Coordinator works to create and support programming for secondary educators in Washington state to prepare students interested in entering green economy careers.https://pacificeducationinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/21-1202-Green-Jobs-Coordinator-1.pdf

The West Sound FieldSTEM Coordinator is the regional point of contact for PEI PreK-12 work to support educators to implement natural resource, environmental and sustainability education.https://pacificeducationinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/22-01-West-Sound-FieldSTEM-Coordinator.pdf


OSPI's Monthly Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) Equity webinars help growth-minded educators and education advocates to learn from Washington districts that are closing opportunity gaps. January topic: Mentoring That Makes an Impact. Register here for 1.5 clock hours: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4SI2aWDtR3eGvF7ZLUcKcg

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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 the West Puget Sound region.





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