STEM Grant

STEM Classroom Grant for SKHS
Posted on 12/14/2018
South Kitsap High School building photoSouth Kitsap High School will be awarded a grant of $1,230,965 to modernize and renovate fifteen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classrooms to meet safety, graduation, and ADA requirements. Nine science STEM classrooms labs and six CTE/STEM classrooms will be renovated to ensure instructional STEM content at an equitable level.

Washington STEM and OSPI recently announced the 2018 awardees for the STEM Capital Grants Program to provide school districts with construction funds necessary to build or modernize STEM classroom spaces and labs. With up-to-date education spaces, students and instructors can engage in more effective teaching and learning that engages student imagination and creativity and allows districts to meet graduation requirements for lab science credits.

“The STEM Capital Grants Program provides students with opportunities to express their creativity and learn skills that will help them enter the workforce competitively,” said Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I am thankful the Legislature made this a priority, and I am pleased to have a strong partner in Washington STEM.”

The STEM Capital Grants Program is a capital program approved by the State Legislature, who appropriated $10 million in funding for the grants. OSPI, supported by Washington STEM, conducted a competitive process to determine which has been awarded to seven school districts across the state.
South Kitsap School District along with Cheney, Everett, Ocean Beach, Kalama, Spokane, and Longview School District were selected from fifteen submitted project proposals, with a total request of $22 million. The high demand from districts speaks to the need for this funding.

“Through the STEM Capital Grants program, we can update classrooms in schools serving students in some of our most historically underserved communities across Washington state, including rural areas and schools in low-income neighborhoods,” said Caroline King, CEO of Washington STEM. “A high-quality STEM education is key to lifelong learning and economic opportunity, and we’re honored to partner with OSPI and the Legislature to expand capacity for STEM teaching and learning.”

“This is huge for us,” said Sara Hatfield, Director of South Kitsap School District Career & Technical Education. “These funds are going to allow us to build state-of-the-art lab facilities with modern layouts at South Kitsap High School. It will vastly improve the technology that many of our courses depend on. All of this will enrich our students learning experience and help them with their careers and post-secondary education.”

Additional information is available on the Washington STEM website at www.washingtonstem.org
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