STEM

Education
5:40 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

This Weekend's GeekGirlCon Aims to Attract Girls to STEM Careers

This weekened, Seattle's Convention Center is getting overrun by thousands of women and girls gathered for the annual GeekGirlCon event. But the convention is not just about gaming.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Why are kids in Federal Way playing with a nuclear reactor?

High school senior Raymond Maung poors liquid nitrogen into the reactor.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

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In a quiet Federal Way garage, a group of students is getting the chance to do something they’d never get away with at school – build and run a thermonuclear reactor. 

The project aims to reimagine what science class might look like, and nudge dozens of kids into careers in science and technology.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Seattle's science experiment: A STEM school for the early grades

Students learn engineering principles by building towers out of straws and twist-ties.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Many jobs of the future will be in fields that go by the shorthand “STEM”: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But these are precisely the subjects where many American students are falling short. Educators are responding by creating STEM-focused schools, and in Seattle officials are breaking ground by pushing that emphasis back into younger classes, all the way to kindergarten.

Principal Shannon McKinney is in charge of figuring out how to build one of the first STEM elementary schools in the Northwest. K-5 STEM at Boren, as it’s awkwardly named, is in West Seattle, but any elementary student in the district can apply for a spot here.

As the school wraps up its first semester, McKinney and her team are still working out what a STEM education for Seattle’s youngest learners should look like.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Are schools becoming too obsessed with sci-tech?

Students learn chemistry at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash.
Lower Columbia Ciollege Flickr

Many of the efforts to improve schools in Washington are focusing on science and technology, and some leading educators are concerned that’s coming at the expense of a well-rounded education. They’re forming a group to advocate for liberal arts learning.

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