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MEDIA ALERT: Hundreds of K-8 Teachers Gather for STEM-Tastic Summer Science Symposium - 08/13/18

Photo Op: Catch teachers learning in fun, visual ways. Contact Vickei for specific classes and times.


The STEM-tastic Summer Science Symposium has 50 class offerings for K-8 science teachers to enhance their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum for students in Southwest Washington. The free training has roughly 750 teachers registered for hot-topics in STEM education like:

  • Waves and Energy: How can we use renewable energy to improve the quality of life?
  • Is the Pacific Northwest a Safe Place to Live?
  • Teaching STEM through ELA
  • Environments: How can we protect the Pika population in the Gorge?
  • Field STEM Excursions: Engaging students in outdoor learning
  • Making Environmental Science Smarter, Not Harder
  • Visit for a full class list



Tuesday, August 14 through Thursday, August 16

8:30 am – 3:30 pm each day



La Center High School
725 NE Highland Ave
La Center, WA



ESD 112 is hosting the symposium in partnership with Clark County Green Schools and Pacific Education Institute.



Washington state ranks first in the nation in concentration of STEM jobs. However, almost half of Washington’s 4th grade teachers report teaching science less than two hours per week. Only four states reported less science instruction.

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. We live in an increasingly changing world. For example, according to the Smithsonian, four billion people on the planet use a mobile phone, while 3.5 billion people use a toothbrush. And in just the past two years, 90% of all of the world’s data has been generated.