WABS is committed to bringing relevant, engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning to Washington classrooms.
Building on the success of our 2009 STEM Initiative and in response to the survey results from our Board of Directors, District Coordinators and key stakeholders, WABS has developed a comprehensive, multi-pronged professional development system that engages K-12 teachers, higher education and industry partners. Our vision is a culture in which students are engaged in inquiry and design, teachers collaborate across disciplines, and businesses and communities partner with K-12 educators to bring real-world STEM application to the classroom.
Our goals are to:
- Build teacher capacity in problem-based STEM learning tied to new academic standards in science and math
- Partner with higher education and industry to assist with real-world STEM integration
- Provide support and resources for teachers to develop curriculum that incorporate cross-curricular learning through inquiry, research, and design
- Equip students with 21st-century skills in critical thinking, creativity, innovation, collaboration, leadership and problem-solving
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